Bengaluru, 14 May (HS): The meeting between AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge and party leader Siddaramaiah was a courtesy call, according to Congress leader Priyank Kharge.
He went on to say that the final selection of the CM candidate will be made at the CLP meeting. Siddaramaiah, a senior leader with a solid track record as Chief Minister, is well-known for his administrative abilities and financial acumen, having submitted 13 state budgets. His popular appeal and influence within the AHINDA alliance (minorities, backward classes, and Dalits) make him a formidable candidate for CM. His fans projected him as the future CM at his 75th birthday party last year.
Siddaramaiah, who has stated that this will be his final election, has stated that the Chief Minister will be chosen by newly elected MLAs in collaboration with the party’s high leadership.
Senior politician DK Shivakumar, renowned as a “troubleshooter” for the Congress party, is running for Chief Minister against Siddaramaiah, who has a pan-Karnataka appeal. If Siddaramaiah, who joined the Congress after being ousted from the JD(S), is chosen CLP leader, he would be in his second term as Chief Minister, having previously served for five years from 2013 to 2018. Shivakumar formerly served in Siddaramaiah’s government as a Minister.
Other prominent Congress leaders eyeing the Chief Ministerial post in Karnataka include G Parameshwara, a Dalit leader and former Deputy Chief Minister and ex-KPCC President, K H Muniyappa, a veteran leader and seven-time MP from the Dalit community, and M B Patil, a Lingayat leader.
During the election campaign, the Congress had the problem of controlling factionalism between the camps of senior leaders Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar, but the party managed to show a unified front under the leadership of AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge. The AICC leadership’s next move is to guarantee that all factions are considered when electing the legislature party leader.
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