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Ahead of results, Cong rushes top guns to K'taka to ensure no Goa, Manipur fiasco repeat

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Once bitten, twice shy! The is taking no chances in and has sent in its top guns to avoid a repeat of the and fiascos in the past, where it failed to form government despite emerging as the largest party.

The party has sent senior leaders and to the southern state where results of the assembly polls would be out tomorrow.

The has, however, been 'bitten' thrice, as it failed to retain power in recently, despite emerging as the largest party and the leadership rushing and to the state to build on the advantage.

Sources said Azad and have reached and have met and other party leaders.

They are also likely to meet JD-S leaders, including H D and his son Kumaraswamy, in case it fails to get a majority of its own.

The sources say that the is in touch with the JD-S leadership too and have met before he left for abroad after the polling ended.

Kumaraswamy, who is currently in Singapore, will return tonight.

The two senior leaders, the sources said, have been sent by the party leadership to ensure that no stone is left unturned for formation of the next Congress government in

AICC incharge of K C Venugopal is also present in the state along with party secretaries incharge of the state.

The Congress expressed confidence that the party will get a majority on its own and would repeat its government there.

Asked about the party's prospects in Karnataka, Congress communication in-charge Randeep Surjewala said it will get over 130 seats in the state as the people of Karnataka have rejected the of corruption and mafia.

"The people have rejected the of corruption and criminalisation and will not allow the Yeddy-Reddy gang to come to power," he told reporters, while referring to the Yeddyurappa and Reddy brothers of Bellary.

He claimed that the Congress will come to power again and form its government led by as it has taken the state to greater heights by initiating all-round development and creating jobs.

Asked about offering the chief minister's post to a Dalit, he said the sentiment behind his statement was different and asked whether would also offer the PM's post to a Dalit.

"Will show the courage to hand over the PMship to a Dalit? They will never say so and this can be stated only by the Congress who keeps the party above his own self," he said, while thanking Siddharamaiah for offering his to a Dalit

On whether the Congress rules out the possibility of an alignment with the JD(S), Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said, "It is a hypothetical question that will be rejected at 5 O'clock tomorrow.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 21:10 IST