17 May 2023

Karnataka CM Race: Siddaramaiah Or DK Shivakumar, Why Congress Is Unable To Decide

New Delhi: It was expected that the Congress, which got absolute majority in Karnataka, would soon announce the name of the candidate for the post of Chief Minister, but till now the party has not been able to choose anyone for this post. However, the date of swearing-in has been fixed on May 18.

The high command is also in a quandary on this issue. Some senior leaders believe that DK Shivakumar is the right candidate for the post of CM because he has worked hard to win.

LS polls only a year away, party can't afford to upset either of them

The Lok Sabha elections are to be held in a year and the party cannot afford to upset either of them, so it is considering a formula to please both.

Both the leaders have met party president Kharge separately. Along with this, both are also meeting other leaders.

The party has offered Shivakumar a three-year term as CM, provided he allows Siddaramaiah to be the CM for the first two years, but he has refused.

Shivakumar says that Siddaramaiah has been the Chief Minister before, so this time this responsibility should be given to a new face, because the Congress has won a big victory under his leadership as the state president of the party, so he should be made the CM.

DK Shivakumar was made the state president in March 2020.

Most of the MLAs are with me: Siddaramaiah

On the other hand, Siddaramaiah says that most of the MLAs are with him, so the post of CM should be given to him.

Shivakumar can meet Sonia Gandhi, who was the head of the party, on Wednesday.

After a meeting with Kharge that lasted for about half an hour, Shivakumar has also turned down the offer of becoming Deputy Chief Minister or sharing the post of CM.

Sources said Shivakumar believes he is naturally entitled to the post of CM and has said that if he does not become the CM, he will remain an ordinary MLA.

G Parameshwara also in race

Meanwhile, former Deputy CM of Karnataka and senior Congress leader G Parameshwara has said that if the party high command gives him the responsibility of the Chief Minister's post, he will definitely accept it.

Responding to questions from reporters, Parameshwara said that his name was also doing the rounds for the coveted seat along with Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar.

He also said that he has the necessary experience as he had earlier served as Deputy Chief Minister.

Parameshwara said that he can also form a group of 50 MLAs and stake claim for the post of Chief Minister, but he will not do so because of his principles and discipline. If the high command gives me the responsibility of the post of Chief Minister. I will definitely accept this.

He said that I have worked as the Deputy Chief Minister. The high command knows everything about me and my work, so I do not want to lobby.

It is noteworthy that three central observers of Congress took feedback from the elected MLAs of the party for the post of Chief Minister and submitted their report to Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday.

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