While, Congress president Rahul Gandhi is set to contest from his original constituency Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, Congress leaders and workers are seeking him to contest from Karnataka, expecting that would give boost to Congress prospects in the state and also in the southern states.
It may be recalled that earlier also when Congress was in trouble, its top leaders like Indira Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi also had contested from Karnataka.
Former chief minister Siddaramaiah said the Karnataka Congress wants party president Rahul Gandhi to contest the coming Lok Sabha polls from the southern state.Calling Gandhi the “next Prime Minister of India”, the Congress Legislature Party leader recalled his grandmother Indira Gandhi and mother Sonia Gandhi contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Karnataka in the past.
“Karnataka has always supported & encouraged @INCIndia leaders. It has been proved in case of Smt. Indira ji & Smt. Sonia ji. We also want our next Prime Minister of India Shri. @RahulGandhi to contest from Karnataka & herald new developmental paradigm. #RaGaFromKarnataka,” he said in a tweet.
While Indira Gandhi had scripted her political comeback from Chikkamagaluru in Karnataka by winning the Lok Sabha bypolls in 1978, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi had contested and won from Ballari in 1999.
Interestingly, the Congress has ceded the Chikkamagaluru seat to its alliance partner Janata Dal (Secular) this time, while Ballari remains with the grand old party.The Congress had, earlier this month, announced that the party chief would contest from Amethi and Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli, both traditional strongholds of the party in Uttar Pradesh.