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Karnataka Congress MP Jamir Ahmed Khan said he only came to know that the party was warning him about his inappropriate and unnecessary statements through the media. He said he is traveling and will look into it after returning to Bangalore. Reminding the party about the Lakshman Rekha of discipline and ideology, AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka Randeep Singh Surjewala has issued a letter to Khan saying his recent public statements are completely inappropriate and wrong.
Khan said, I have not received any notice, I have seen it in the media, it is not a notice but a letter. I have not received any notice so far as I am travelling. I can’t comment without seeing it. I am in Davangere, will visit Chitradurga later, will see once I go to Bangalore. When asked about KPCC president DK Shivakumar not giving any reaction on him, he said he is the president, a big man, how will he react to me.
Community policy began with the declaration
In fact, Congress leader and MLA Jamir Ahmed Khan’s statement that the number of Muslims in Karnataka is more than Vokkaliga has created controversy and is now taking the form of communal politics. Vokkaliga leaders of the ruling BJP projected Khan’s remarks as an attempt to dilute the influence of the politically influential community.
Seeing that the matter was being taken seriously, Congress leaders expressed regret over the remarks and tried to make amends. Along with this, a warning letter has also been issued to Zaheer. The letter reads: “You are warned to be cautious in the future while making public comments and strictly adhere to party discipline and ideology.
Nirmalanandnath Swamiji expressed his displeasure
There are reports that Nirmalanandanath Swamiji, a prominent Vokkaliga seer, has conveyed his displeasure to the Congress leaders in this regard. Khan, considered close to Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah, had recently said that no one can become chief minister with the support of a single community, while reacting to party state president DK Shivakumar’s effort to strengthen the Vokkaliga community.
Khan said that one cannot become CM with the support of a community, everyone will have a desire (to become CM) which is not wrong. It is possible to become CM by taking all communities together. I also aspire to become a CM, my community percentage is more than Vokkaliga. Is it possible for me to become a CM, just with the support of my community? impossible
Shivakumar belongs to the Vokkaliga community
Shivakumar, a Vokkaliga, had recently appealed to the community, which is a major vote bank in the erstwhile Mysore region or south Karnataka, to support his claim for the chief minister’s post. There has been political turmoil between Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah for months as both are prime ministerial contenders if the Congress comes to power in the state after the 2023 assembly elections.
However, Siddaramaiah has maintained that the newly elected MLAs and the party high command will decide who will be the chief minister. Ignoring warnings of disciplinary action, his loyalists, including Khan, are speaking out in support of their leader, who has almost split the party.