New Delhi: The political infighting in the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee has embarrassed the party high command which is making efforts to return to power in run up to the assembly elections this year in the politically volatile state.

The Opposition Congress is of view that anti-incumbency against the Jagadish Shettar led-BJP government will work in their favour in the state. The party also sees the Lingayat strongman BS Yeddyurappa’s unceremonious exit as the Chief Minister as their potential for storming to power in the state.

With a view to strengthen Karnataka unit, the Congress leadership dispatched former External Affairs Minister SM Krishna to the state. But the move boomeranged the party as several regional satraps indulged in the political infighting.

On his visit to Karnataka, AICC in-charge Madhusudan Mistri had to face the wrath of party leaders over the issue. Sources said that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has got conducted a survey in Karnataka on his own level. According to the survey, strict criteria will be set up for the distribution of party tickets in the assembly polls.

Apart from it, district and block level committees are also likely to be reshuffled. But the party leaders are finding it difficult amid the bickering. A senior Congress leader accepted that delay in taking decision of taking action against such leaders may affect the poll prospect of the party.     

The KPCC failed to reap the benefit of Congress’ game changer, direct cash transfer scheme in turning the condition favourable, party leaders said.


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