Bengaluru:The Congress in Karnataka has a new chief – DK Shivakumar, the party’s high-profile troubleshooter in the state. The seven-time MLA formally took charge as the president of the state unit, KPCC, on Thursday morning at a virtual rally for which the BJP-ruled state government had denied permission thrice.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi sent a letter appreciating the efforts made to hold the event in keeping with COVID-19 guidelines and commended the use of technology to avoid crowding. Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also called to wish him well.
In a tweet, Mr Shivakumar thanked the Gandhis for their words of encouragement and wrote: “Today, on #PratijnaDina together with lakhs of Congress workers, I took charge of @INCKarnataka and solemnly swore to uphold the Indian constitution & work unitedly with all leaders to serve the people of Karnataka and build a cadre-based inclusive Congress party in the state.”