On Monday, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President DK Shivakumar alleged political conspiracy as his official takeover of party’s reigns was postponed for the second time as the government extended its restrictions on political events.
The takeover of the event of KPCC President called Pratigna was scheduled to take place on the 7th of June but has been postponed. Shivakumar said,
“We had requested permission from the Chief Minister, DG of Police, and City Police Commissioner to organize the event on June 7, but as per the recent central and state guidelines, political events have been banned. Despite requesting permission is about 150 people here and people at different places like panchayats and wards, they did not give us permission. There is a clear political conspiracy behind it. Still respecting the center and the state government, we will not violate the rules, as we are also lawmakers.”
Even as the event has been canceled, the party workers have been asked to continue with the preparations. Shivakumar said he is confident that the event will eventually be held. Although he maintained that the event will be held only after the government’s approval.
DK Shivakumar was appointed as the State Chief of the party on March 11th after his predecessor Dinesh Gundu Rao had quit the post in December. Since then, DK Shivakumar has been guiding Congress workers in COVID-19 relief work.
Congress as a cadre-based party
When asked about his plans of the make-over of the Congress party in the state, the six-time MLA and often called as the troubleshooter of the congress DK Shivakumar said,
“I want to convert the Congress in Karnataka into a cadre-based party with a collective leadership. The voice of the worker should be the voice of the party. I want to set up booth committees called Praja Pratinidhis with the youth, women, students, and others. Every MLA including Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah or me or any person aspiring for an MLA ticket should first represent the booth. That will be the basic structure of the party.”
Talking about his aspirations of being the Chief Minister of the state, he said,
“The Chief Minister’s post is not one which comes with any miracles. First, let us bring the party to power with collective leadership, and then the high command will decide.”
Source: The News Minute