The Congress is confident of winning at least 20 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in the state in the forthcoming elections, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on Tuesday, as he welcomed Karnataka’s lone Samajwadi Party MLA, CP Yogeswar, back into the Congress.
“We hope to win from Hassan too,” he said. Minister for Energy DK Shivakumar and KPCC chief G Parameshwara also attended the event.
A five-time MLA, Yogeswar, who won the Channapatna Assembly seat on an SP ticket, changed his loyalties four times before re-joining the Congress.
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Siddaramaiah said Yogeswar, who wields influence in Mandya, Mysore, Chikkaballapur, Kolar, Channapatna and other parts of southern Karnataka, will be an important asset during the elections. “His inclusion will benefit us in the forthcoming elections,” he said, adding, “Congress is the only party that can address people’s issues and unite them.”
Parameshwara said there were long deliberations with Yogeshwar before he agreed to join the Congress. Yogeswar expressed his gratitude to the state Congress leadership for facilitating his return. “Coming back to the Congress is like coming to my birthplace. I will work hard to get more seats for the party in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections,” he said.
The chief minister referred to the tussle between Shivakumar and Yogeshwar in the last by-elections and said they will set aside their differences to work as a team.