Positive of a thumping victory within the Karnataka Meeting elections, the Congress is already making strikes to resolve its subsequent huge problem — deciding who can be the Chief Minister. The get together has referred to as a gathering of its MLAs this night, the place they’re anticipated to go a decision leaving it to the Congress president to resolve the particular person for the highest job. Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar and former Chief Minister and chief of Opposition within the Meeting Siddaramaiah have each been eying the job, elevating fears of an disagreeable stand-off inside the get together.
DK Shivakumar earlier immediately reacted strongly to a remark by Mr Siddaramaiah’s son that he ought to occupy the submit once more. “The Excessive Command will resolve,” mentioned Mr Shivakumar.
“We are going to transient the candidates about find out how to react. The excessive command will take selections,” Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge has mentioned.
DK Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah will tackle a joint press convention, together with Mr Kharge, this night.
Whereas the official outcomes from the Election Fee are but to be out, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai conceded defeat shortly after the Congress leads moved previous 130 seats. The BJP is forward on 60-plus seats and HD Kumaraswamy’s JD(S) in 20 seats.
Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, 75, mentioned the Congress’s win within the state election was a mandate towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, and he hoped it will galvanise opposition events forward of subsequent yr’s nationwide polls. He additionally mentioned that the Congress get together could cross 130 seats within the 224-member meeting, which might give it a cushty majority.
DK Shivakumar broke down immediately whereas chatting with the media, saying he had “promised to Sonia Gandhi I’ll ship Karnataka”.
“I assured Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge that I’ll ship Karnataka. I am unable to overlook Sonia Gandhi coming to fulfill me in jail,” Mr Shivakumar, 61, informed reporters.
“The Congress workplace is our temple. We are going to resolve our subsequent step on the Congress workplace,” he additional mentioned.