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Congress dissolves Karnataka PCC

The Congress has decided to revamp the KPCC in the wake of the party’s disastrous performance in the recent Lok Sabha elections.

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Jun 19, 2019, 11.35 PM IST
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The trigger for the move, according to a senior leader, is the sheer size of the KPCC which had been ballooning without control.
BENGALURU: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) on Wednesday dissolved the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) sparing, however, president Dinesh Gundu Rao and working president Eshwar Khandre. AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka KC Venugopal made an announcement to this effect.

The Congress has decided to revamp the KPCC in the wake of the party’s disastrous performance in the recent Lok Sabha elections in where its tally was reduced to just one seat. Senior leaders, including Mallikarjuna Kharge, Veerappa Moily and KH Muniyappa, lost in the elections.

The trigger for the move, according to a senior leader, is the sheer size of the KPCC which had been ballooning without control. In the past 10 years, the party leaders went on appointing people to KPCC committees, conveying an impression that it was pretty easy to get a KPCC post, a party leader said.

According to a Congress leader, there had been 350 office bearers and 800 Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) members at the time of Venugopal dissolving it.

The AICC’s order, however, affects only those appointed to the Pradesh Congress Committee, and not to elected positions. Senior Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy said: “Dissolving the KPCC in the wake of recent poll results will help build the party in Karnataka from grassroots levels.”

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