New Delhi, Jan. 15 -- : Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday apprised the Congress top brass including interim President Sonia Gandhi, senior leader AK Antony and Ahmed Patel about the need of a 'Lingayath' state chief to tackle BJP in north Karnataka, sources said.

Siddaramaiah met Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi at her residence in New Delhi on Tuesday.

"We need a Lingayath president in Karnataka to lead the party and to tackle BJP in north Karnataka," Siddaramaiah said.

Former Chief Minister urged Sonia Gandhi to offer the command of state Congress one of his close associates and Congress leader MB Patil.

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