Kharge still roots for Rahul Gandhi for Congress president

KALABURAGI: Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has reiterated his wish for Rahul Gandhi to lead the party.

Addressing reporters here, Kharge defined Rahul as a young and energetic leader with ideological commitment. “I personally support Raghul Gandhi becoming the president of AICC. I met Sonia Gandhi recently and told her that Rahul should lead the party. But she told me that nobody from the family would contest the election,” Kharge said.

He said that Bharat Jodo Yatra has been receiving an overwhelming response from the people.

Kharge expressed his unhappiness against the Central and State government for neglecting the Kalyana Karnataka region.

“Various development projects including the expansion of Kalaburagi airport are still pending. I had written three letters regarding this and the government has not taken any steps,” he said.

Though Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai declared Rs 5,000 crore for Kalyana Karnataka Region Development Board (KKRDB) in the next budget, Kharge expressed his unhappiness as more than half the funds earmarked for the board in the last budget has not been released yet.

He added that even the review meetings to keep a tab on these works are not being held.

Kharge blamed the RSS and BJP for diverting the attention of the people from developmental topics to communal issues.

Defining the Central government as an autocrat, Kharge criticised it for misusing the central agencies and also for handing over PSUs to the private sector. He said that while the private entrepreneurs would benefit, the poor would suffer the brunt.

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