Vastavam web: Congress president Rahul Gandhi today urged the people of Karnataka to participate in the “festival of democracy” by voting in large numbers.Gandhi also welcomed first-time voters to take part in the electoral process.
“Voter exercising his right without fail is the sign of functional democracy. I welcome all my young friends who are casting their vote for first time in Karnataka,” Gandhi said in a tweet in Kannada.The Congress chief had extensively campaigned across the state with an aim to bring the party back to power in Karnataka, which is the only large state ruled by it after Punjab.
Gandhi had made nine visits, each one spanning about three days, to the state as part of his ‘Janashirvada Yatre’. He had addressed roadside meetings and rallies and taken part in road shows across the state in a customised bus.The Congress has not announced any chief ministerial candidate but maintains that incumbent Siddaramaiah will be the party’s face during the campaign.