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Clamour for Rahul to contest from Karnataka

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi/Bengaluru 

With elections drawing near, leaders in are clamouring for their to contest from the state.

Several leaders starting with former minister have urged that Rahul contest from The state has also made a similar demand.

Former minister P Chidambaram's son has, however, called for to contest from

Calling Gandhi the "next of India", Legislature Party recalled his grandmother and mother had contested from seats in the state.

"Karnataka has always supported & encouraged @INCIndia leaders. It has been proved in case of Smt. & Smt.

"We also want our next of Shri. @RahulGandhi to contest from Karnataka & herald new developmental paradigm," Siddaramaiah said in a tweet, using the hashtag "#RaGaFromKarnataka," he tweeted.

While had scripted her political comeback from Chikkamagaluru in Karnataka by winning bypolls in 1978, (UPA) 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 (Secular) this time, while Ballari remains with it.

Siddaramaiah's tweet has come amid reports about pressure within the Congress for to contest from a seat in

The Congress had, earlier this month, announced that the would contest from and from Rae Bareli, their traditional strongholds in

also tweeted, saying "On behalf of @INCKarnataka I urge @RahulGandhi to consider contesting from Karnataka for the forthcoming #LokSabhaElection2019."

"He should also be our from & 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. the gap between North & South, we need a who extends love & care. We want #RaGaFromKarnataka."


also said, "Karnataka has been the centre of national focus under the leadership of on several occasions - 1978, Smt. represented Chikmaglur and 1999, Smt. Sonia Gandhi represented Bellary. Shri Rahul Gandhi should repeat history."

too took to over the issue. "Rahul Gandhi should contest from TN," he tweeted.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 21:50 IST
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