The leaders from Karnataka state Congress are demanding party president Rahul Gandhi to contest the elections from Karnataka.

On Friday Congress-JDS co-ordination committee chairman and former CM, Siddaramaiah took to Twitter to urge the party president:

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.

Before the announcement, legislators from both Congress and JDS whose constituencies are in Bengaluru North Lok Sabha gathered to discuss strategies for the elections. 

Post meeting, Krishna Byregowda claimed while addressing the gathering that the legislators from Bengaluru North constituency anonymously decided to work for former PM and JDS head HD Deve Gowda’s victory if he plans to contest the elections from the constituency. 

He said that the party will make sure HD Deve Gowda will win without any hassle from Bengaluru North if he decides to contests elections from there. However, he also added that the party workers are demanding Rahul Gandhi to contest elections from Karnataka but he welcomes the idea.

Presently, Bengaluru North constituency is held by the former CM and Union Minister DV Sadananda Gowda.

A few days ago Rahul had dared to fight against Deve Gowda by claiming that he has the utmost respect for him but isn’t scared of him. He said that he has faith in the voters that they will vote him back while mentioning the developmental works that are done in his tenure. 

Former Congress leaders have a history of contesting and winning polls from the Southern state. In 1978 former PM, Indira Gandhi had contested from Chikkamagaluru constituency of Karnataka and rose to victory.