KPCC president will lead the poll campaign in the state, and members are lobbying for the post.

Karnataka Congress likely to have new president by May-end in time for 2018 pollsKarnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah
news Politics Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 08:57

The speculations over who would bag the post of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) is likely to be cleared by the end of this month, with the party's general secretary indicating so, on Wednesday. 

According to multiple media reports, AICC state-in charge K C Venugopal told reporters at a media briefing that the party is expected to come to a consensus on the matter by May-end. He was addressing the media after attending  the KPCC Coordination Committee meeting. 

The appointment of the new KPCC president is crucial, given that Karnataka is going to polls in 2018. The KPCC president would lead the poll campaign in the state, and members have already begun lobbying for the post. 

According to this report in the Mint  the energy minister D K Shivakumar, water minister M B Patil, former Karnataka IT/BT minister S R Patil, former minister of state for railways K H Muniyappa and current working president Dinesh Gundu Rao are the likely candidates being considered for the post. 

With issues including senior Karnataka Congress leader A H Vishwanath saying that he would leave the party soon because he was being sidelined, Venugopal said that "minor differences" in the party will be resolved soon.

“We have had a marathon discussion and interacted with 431 leaders. After discussion, we have realised that there is unprecedented unity in rank and file. There are some differences, but they will be sorted out soon with the support of senior leaders,” The New Indian Express quoted Venugopal as saying. 


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