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K'nataka Congress claims of ''significant changes'' after by-poll

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Mysore, Nov 23 (UNI) Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President Mallikarjuna Kharge today claimed that ''significant changes'' would occur in state politics after results of the Chamundeswari Assembly constituency byelection on December seven.

Speaking to newspersons here after opening the party election campaign office, he said, ''One should wait for the results...

when the results are announced, the Janata Dal (S) and the BJP's unholy alliance in the byelection as well as in the government, despite stiff opposition in the BJP for not fielding a candidate, will be exposed.'' Cautioning party workers to maintain vigil against official machinery misuse in the constituency, he said the party had complained against Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to the Election Commission for ''misuse of power'' during the election campaign, following which the EC had issued notice to Social Welfare Minister Balachandra Jarkiholi for violating the model code of conduct.

Mr Kharge said the party had decided to depute its senior leaders in full strength to campaign for its nominee Mr Siddaramaiah. Some Central leaders would also be invited to participate in the electioneering. Various teams have been formed to take up door-to-door campaigns.

To a question on some Congress leaders seeking the defeat of Mr Siddaramaiah, he said it was a creation of the ruling party and there was no such move. As per the party high command's directive, all the leaders would work for the party and Mr Siddaramaiah's victory as the byelection was considered a prestigious one.

Mr Kharge thanked parties like the CPI, the CPI(M), the Sarvodya Karnataka and the KRRS for extending their support to Mr Siddaramaiah.

Referring to former Prime Minister and JD(S) President H D Deve Gowda calling the by-poll a 'Dharma Yudha', he alleged it was 'Adharma Yudha' since the party had ''unholy'' understanding with a ''communal'' party and the Chief Minister and many Ministers had been facing corruption charges.

Former Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly N Dharam Singh said the caste factor in the by-poll was a JD(S) agenda and the Congress could fight the election on political considerations.

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