A seer at a Lingayat seminary in Karnataka right this moment mentioned Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will turn into Prime Minister, till the pinnacle seer intervened and added a caveat to the blessing.
Mr Gandhi was in a gathering with the seers at Sri Murugarajendra Mutt in Chitradurga when considered one of them, Haveri Hosamutt Swami, referred to his grandmother and father — each of whom remained PM — and mentioned, “Indira Gandhiji was PM, Rajiv Gandhi PM, and now Rahul Gandhi has been initiated into Lingayat sect, and he’ll turn into the PM.”
At this, Sri Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru, president of the establishment, interrupted and added, “Please do not say this… This isn’t the platform. Individuals will resolve.”
Earlier, the pinnacle seer ceremonially initiated Rahul Gandhi into the sect.
It’s an absolute honour to go to Sri Jagadguru Murugharajendra Vidyapeetha and obtain the ‘Ishtalinga Deekshe’ from Dr. Sri Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru.
The teachings of Guru Basavanna are everlasting and I’m humbled to study extra about it from the Sharanaru of the Math. pic.twitter.com/5Dgj53roSp
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 3, 2022
The Lingayats, about 17 per cent of Karnataka’s inhabitants, have historically been BJP voters. With Mr Gandhi’s go to to the poll-bound state, the Congress is hoping to broaden its attraction.
Elections are due by Could subsequent 12 months, and the Congress is struggling to place up a united entrance in its bid to unseat the BJP.
After being in energy from 2013 to 2018, the Congress briefly shaped a authorities after the 2018 polls, in partnership with the Janata Dal (Secular). That authorities — led by JDS chief HD Kumaraswamy — collapsed in simply over a 12 months after a number of MLAs from the coalition resigned, lowering it to a minority, after which the BJP got here to rule to the state once more.
The BJP initially made BS Yediyurappa, from the Lingayat neighborhood, the Chief Minister. Final 12 months it changed him with Basavaraj Bommai, who can be from the identical neighborhood.
The Congress is fighting a rift inside. Legislature get together chief Siddaramaiah and state unit chief DK Shivakumar are each contenders for the CM’s submit if the get together involves energy.
Rahul Gandhi sought to deal with this at a gathering of the state unit’s political affairs committee on Tuesday night time, the place he urged the leaders to work collectively and never converse out publicly, as per information company PTI.
Get together basic secretary KC Venugopal later instructed reporters, “There isn’t any management situation in any respect. Particular person opinion can be not acceptable. The get together’s new MLAs and the excessive command will resolve on the chief after profitable.”
“The committee will meet continuously and take collective choices within the curiosity of the get together. Rahul Gandhi appealed to leaders of the get together to go aggressively and unitedly in opposition to the misrule of the BJP in Karnataka and on the Centre,” he mentioned. including that it has been unanimously determined not to talk about inside issues in public. “Unknowingly or knowingly some statements are made right here and there earlier than the media. Do not fall for that lure… get together leaders shouldn’t converse in several voices inside or outdoors,” he mentioned.
It was the primary assembly of the committee because it was shaped on July 9. Apart from Mr Gandhi and Mr Venugopal, in attendance have been Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar, apart from the get together’s marketing campaign committee chief MB Patil, Chief of Opposition within the legislative council BK Hariprasad, and senior leaders corresponding to HK Patil, Dinesh Gundu Rao, M Veerappa Moily and G Parameshwara.