Cong not delaying snap polls: Siddaramaiah

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Mysore, Feb 8 (UNI) Congress leader Siddaramaiah today refuted allegations that his party has been making efforts to delay the forthcoming Karnataka assembly elections.

Speaking to newspersons here he said, the charges were baseless.

''The Congress is in favour of holding polls by May end and it is prepared for snap polls,'' the former Deputy Chief Minister said.

He, however, said it would be better if the elections were held after the delimitation process was over. It would bring in 'new faces' in the electoral arena and help increase reserved seats for the SC and the ST.

About revamping the KPCC, he said the high command had been looking into it. He refused to comment on the 'letter of complaint' from former MP Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar against him.

On party's prospects in the elections, Mr Siddaramaiah said the Congress would emerge winner as the people were disgruntled with the previous JD(S)-BJP coalition government.

Earlier, Mr Siddaramaiah gave away journalism awards at the Mysore District Journalists Association to Mr L A Khan(Hindu), Mahesh Bhagirath (Kannada Prabha), C J Ravji (Vijaya Karnataka) and H S Gagachith (Prajavani).

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