Calling Gandhi the "next Prime Minister of India", Karnataka Congress Legislature Party leader Siddharamaiah recalled his grandmother Indira Gandhi and mother Sonia Gandhi had contested from Lok Sabha seats in the state.
"We also want our next Prime Minister of India Shri. @RahulGandhi to contest from Karnataka & herald new developmental paradigm," Siddaramaiah said in a tweet, using the hashtag "#RaGaFromKarnataka," he tweeted.
While Indira Gandhi had scripted her political comeback from Chikkamagaluru in Karnataka by winning Lok Sabha bypolls in 1978, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi had contested and won from Ballari in 1999, trouncing the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Sushma Swaraj.
Interestingly, the Congress has ceded the Chikkamagaluru seat to its alliance partner Janata Dal (Secular) this time, while Ballari remains with it.
Dinesh Gundu Rao also tweeted, saying "On behalf of @INCKarnataka I urge @RahulGandhi to consider contesting from Karnataka for the forthcoming #LokSabhaElection2019."
"He should also be our representative from South India & for that he should choose my state," he said.
The Karnataka Youth Congress also said, "We sincerely request Sri @RahulGandhi ji to contest from Karnataka in upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. To bridge the gap between North & South, we need a leader who extends love & care. We want #RaGaFromKarnataka."
Local legislator Roshan Baig also said, "Karnataka has been the centre of national focus under the leadership of Indian National Congress on several occasions - 1978, Smt. Indira Gandhi represented Chikmaglur and 1999, Smt. Sonia Gandhi represented Bellary. Shri Rahul Gandhi should repeat history."
Karti Chidambaram too took to Twitter over the issue. "Rahul Gandhi should contest from TN," he tweeted.
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