Congress eyes influential Lingayat community in Karnataka
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Seeking to woo the influential Lingayat community ahead of Karnataka Assembly elections, Congress appointed Veerana A Mathikatti, a prominent Lingayat leader from north Karnataka as head of the party's Campaign Committee.
Former Minister D K Shivakumar, a close associate of senior leader S M Krishna, has been made Co-Chairman of the Committee.
Ramesh Kumar K R, former Chairman of the Legislative Assembly, was made Chairman of the Manifesto Committee. AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi made the announcement.
Mathikatti, a former Chairman of the state Legislative Council, hails from north Karnataka, a region from where Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar, also a Lingayat, comes from.
Congress is seeking to attract the Lingayats, an influential community in the state, after parting of ways by B S Yedyurappa from BJP. Yeddyurappa is known as the most prominent leader from the community.
Party chief Sonia Gandhi had visited Siddhaganga Math, which has considerable influence among Lingayats, last year.