Shivaku­mar Gets Charge to Guard 44 Gu­jarat MLAs

Keep­ing aside its lo­cal govt and the Kar­nataka party unit, Congress high com­mand as­signed Shivaku­mar the task to guard the MLAs

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Bengaluru: Kar­nataka en­ergy min­is­ter DK Shivaku­mar is in charge of look­ing af­ter 44 MLAs from Gu­jarat, who are in a re­sort in the out­skirts of Bengaluru till the day of the Ra­jya Sabha elec­tions, Au­gust 8. The Congress gov­ern­ment in Kar­nataka and the party’s state unit have kept away from the job of guard­ing t h e MLAs. Shivaku­mar, who was in Sin­ga­pore when the MLAs were brought to Bengaluru, de­puted his brother and Bengaluru Ru­ral MP DK Suresh ini­tially for the task be­fore rush­ing back and tak­ing charge.

Shivaku­mar had lost out in his re­cent bid to oc­cupy the post of the party state unit chief but has made a come­back now, af­ter the Congress high com­mand re­port­edly asked for his help in safe­guard­ing the MLAs be­fore the cru­cial RS polls, where Congress pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi’s po­lit­i­cal sec­re­tary Ahmed Pa­tel is seek­ing re-elec­tion.

“I have been asked to help out and I am do­ing all that is nec­es­sary for the sake of the party. We have not made any plans for th­ese MLAs to tour. But we will en­sure that they will be safe and our party can­di­date wins the Ra­jya Sabha seat,” Shivaku­mar said.

“We don’t want to get in­volved in this ac­tiv­ity, par­tic­u­larly as it’s elec­tion year in the state,” a Kar­nataka Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee of­fice­bearer told ET. Chief min­is­ter Sid­dara­ma­iah re­frained from mak­ing any com­ment on the mat­ter. When­queried­he­just­said:“Itis­be­ing han­dled by the party.”

With all the host­ing left to just Shivaku­mar and Suresh, it has led to some hu­mour, with nei­ther flu­ent in Hindi, while most of the Gu­jarat MLAs can hardly speak English. “Com­mu­ni­ca­tion has been a prob­lem, but we are manag­ing,” the as­so­ciate ad­mit­ted. He said the Gu­jarat state unit of the Congress was bear­ing the ex­penses of the MLAs’ travel and stay in the re­sort. “The Kar­nataka unit and the gov­ern­ment have not been bur­dened with it,” he added.

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