Last Update: April 19, 2023, 6:47 pm IST
Former Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, who joined the Congress this week after quitting the BJP, is among Congress’ star campaigners for the Karnataka Assembly polls, which also includes party chiefs Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Shashi Tharoor.
The Congress on Wednesday released a list of 40 leaders who will be the party’s star campaigners for the May 10 assembly elections.
Interestingly, Shettar, who joined the Congress a few days back and has been given a party ticket from the Hubli-Dharwad-Central assembly constituency which he currently represents, has been included in the list.
Shettar, a staunch RSS worker, was part of the Jana Sangh and the BJP for several decades before snapping ties with the party after his candidature was ignored in the May 10 polls and joined the Congress on Monday.
The Congress list of star campaigners includes stalwarts like former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar, Jairam Ramesh, M Veerappa Moily, MB Patil, G Parameshwara, KH Muniyappa and BK Hariprasad.
Others included Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, his Chhattisgarh counterpart Bhupesh Baghel, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukku, AICC in-charge of Karnataka Randeep Surjewala, senior party leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, KC Venugopal, P Chidambaram, Prithviraj Chavan and Ashok Chavan. Are.
Sachin Pilot, who was on the list of star campaigners for the 2018 Karnataka elections, is not on the list this time.
Ramalinga Reddy, Satish Jarkiholi, DK Suresh, GC Chandrasekhar, Syed Naseer Hussain, Zameer Ahmed Khan, HM Revanna, Umashree, Revanth Reddy, Ramesh Chennithala, Srinivas Biwi, Raj Babbar, Mohd Azharuddin, Divya Spandana, Imran Pratapgarhi, Kanhaiya Kumar, Roopa Shashidhar and Sadhukokila are also in the list.
The assembly elections will be held on May 10 and the results will come on May 13. The Congress is trying to oust the BJP from power in the southern state.
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