Even when the Congress president Sonia Gandhi was putting her act together to save other states, after losing Uttarakhand to rebellion, a disquiet has emerged from within Karnataka.On Tuesday, Gandhi had changed the PCC chief in Manipur to quell dissidence, lest it followed Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh, lost to rebellion within the party ranks, reducing the Congress ruled states in country to a mere seven. Out of them Kerala and Assam are in the midst of polls and party leaders smell anxiety within the ranks in Manipur, Meghalaya and Himachal Pradesh. Taking time out from her health issues, Gandhi replaced PCC Chief Gaikhangam with TN Haokip, to quell the dissidence, with some 25 Congress dissidents seeking the removal of the former.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In Karnataka, the only major state left with the Congress, former external affairs minister and veteran Congressmen S M Krishna, who is leading angry cadres, met the Congress president on Tuesday night and handed over a note giving his assessment of the party position and functioning of the state government under chief minister Siddaramaiah.The simmering discontent in Karnataka Congress against Siddaramaiah had come to the fore early this month, when nearly 50 per cent of the party legislators (both MLAs and MLCs) skipped the crucial Congress legislature party (CLP) meeting. Congress came to power in the state three years ago, when the faction-ridden BJP was humbled in the polls. Of the 152 legislators (123 MLAs & 29 MLCs), only 80 turned up for the CLP meeting.Amidst dissident leaders complaining about lack of access to party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, the ailing Gandhi has taken initiative in her hands, by inviting S M Krishna, currently senior most leader of party in Karnataka. She is meeting dissident leaders of other states as well in next few days as well as summoning chief ministers of those states to listen their side of stories.Krishna is reported to have conveyed that things are dangerously on the slide in the southern state. Senior party leaders say, if the situation is not taken seriously, there is fear of a repeat of the Uttarakhand-type situation. According to sources, Krishna also suggested that Rahul should reserve some more time for party cadres and give greater space to youngsters.According to Krishna, there are 124 Congress MLAs in Karnataka. Out of which 65 MLAs want Siddaramaiah to attend to their grievances. They are upset over the delay in appointing chairpersons to the various boards and corporations run by the government. A senior Karnataka minister even questioned the chief minister’s party loyalties. Siddaramaiah had joined the Congress only in 2005 and till then he had been a stanch anti-Congress politicians having played his innings in Janata Dal and before that in the Janata Party.”Out of 30 ministers , 12 are old friends of the CM, who had switched over with him from the Janata Dal. All his close aides and advisors are also from the Janata Dal background. He listens only to them and leaves original Congress leaders high and dry,” the minister said.Further, they say the chief minister’s tilt towards backward class has also distanced traditional Lingayats, Vokkaligas and Scheduled Caste voters from the Congress. On Monday, Congress president Sonia Gandhi interacted with Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who is believed to be the next soft target of the Central government, as CBI has already filed a case against him in a disproportionate assets case. Enforcement Directorate has also said that it has evidence against him for resorting to forgery to build his defence in the disproportionate assets case. He could face arrest for fudging documents, besides charges of money laundering, a development that could create another political crisis for the Congress.


Now, Sonia Gandhi firefights in Karnataka as well