Congress dissolves its Karnataka unit, retains state party chief

The AICC today dissolved its unit in the southern state of Karnataka, while retaining its president and working president. “The AICC has decided to dissolve the present committee of (the) Karnataka Pradesh Congress. The president and working president remain unchanged,” a statement issued by AICC general secretary (organisation) K C Venugopal said.

Rumblings within the Karnataka Congress have grown ever since the Lok Sabha poll debacle in the state. There have also been problems of coordination in the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government in the southern state.

Voices of dissent have been growing in the Karnataka Congress for some time now due to differences over the functioning of the coalition government in the state. Two members of the Congress were recently inducted in the Karnataka cabinet.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy once again hinted at the growing differences in the ruling coalition. He said that he is in “pain”. He added that he has the responsibility of running the government smoothly and trying his best to fulfil everybody’s expectations.

“I promise I will fulfil your expectations. I can’t express the pain I am going through every day. I want to express it with you but cannot… I need to solve the pain of the people of the state. I have the responsibility of running the government smoothly,” Kumaraswamy said.

Former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah said that there is “no threat” to the coalition government in Karnataka. “There is absolutely no threat to the government in Karnataka, there is no problem. They (BJP) are trying desperately but they will not succeed,” he added.

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