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Cong not gaining ground in Karnataka: Bommai

Cong not gaining ground in Karnataka: Bommai

Bengaluru, Aug 17 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday rubbished the propaganda that BS Yediyurappa has been appointed to BJP's Parliamentary Board and Election Committee to counter the surge of the Congress in the state after its show of strength during Siddaramaiah's 75th birthday bash at Davanagere.
"Congress is not at all gaining ground. They are making tamashas. Look, they gathered people. What was the message they sent? Their former national president (Rahul Gandhi) came and did not even talk well about Siddaramaiah. What did they gather the people for? Nobody knows. They say it was a birthday bash. Birthdays will come and go. Politics is something bigger than that," he told reporters here.
The Congress has been claiming that the party is gaining ground in the state with the "success" of the party's show of strength during Siddaramaiah's 75th birthday rally at Davanagere in which Rahul Gandhi attended.
The Gandhi scion had asked Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar to hug Siddaramaiah on the stage, in an attempt to send a strong message that there is no infighting in the state unit.
The birthday bash was connoted to be an one-upmanship show orchestrated by Siddaramaiah supporters over Shivakumar's supporters who want their leader to assume the CM's seat if Congress comes to power in the state.
Replying to a query on the differences within Karnataka BJP, Bommai said compared to the fissures in the Congress, the differences in his party are smaller that could be solved, which he has been doing successfully.
The differences in the Congress are over the issue of chief ministerial post, CM said. "Our differences are not major problems. Those are small issues which can be settled down by talking, which I have been able to do successfully, but the major issue is in the Congress where the tussle is for the (CM) post," he said.
Asked about the chances of cabinet expansion in the state, Bommai said the party will take the right decision at the right time. "Look, this is election year. The party will take the right decision at the right time. Of course, politics is not still water, it keeps moving," he said.
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