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Siddaramaiah wants Rahul to contest LS polls from Karnataka

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Former on Friday said the wants to contest the coming polls from the southern state.

Calling Gandhi the "next of India", the Legislature Party recalled his grandmother and mother contesting the polls from in the past.

"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.

#RaGaFromKarnataka," said in a tweet.

While had scripted her political comeback from Chikkamagaluru in Karnataka by winning the bypolls in 1978, (UPA) had contested and won from Ballari in 1999, trouncing the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Sushma Swaraj.

Interestingly, the has ceded the Chikkamagaluru seat to its alliance partner (Secular) this time, while Ballari remains with the grand old party.

Siddaramaiah's tweet has come amid reports about pressure within the Congress for to contest from one of the seats in south

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

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 17:35 IST