Siddaramaiah will take office as the new chief minister of Karnataka, with DK Shivakumar serving as his deputy
According to party sources, the top brass of the Congress has selected Siddaraiamah to serve as chief minister and Mr. Shivakumar as his deputy.
Siddaramaiah will take office as the new chief minister
According to sources, the central leadership of the Congress was able to resolve the impasse regarding the next chief minister of Karnataka by agreeing that Siddaramaiah would hold the position and DK Shivakumar would serve as his deputy after tumultuous deliberations for several days.
DK Shivakumar serves as Siddarmaiah’s deputy
DK Shivakumar, the head of the Karnataka Congress, has reluctantly agreed to assume the position of Deputy Chief Minister after much deliberation. According to party sources, the top brass of the Congress has selected Siddaraiamah to serve as chief minister and Mr. Shivakumar as his deputy.
High-ranking sources claim that the compromise formula was decided upon late on Wednesday after the two top Karnataka leaders met with party president Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi, party general secretary KC Venugopal, and Karnataka unit in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala to end the political impasse surrounding the formation of the government in Karnataka.
Mr. Shivakumar sacrifices to strengthen the party
According to people close to Mr. Shivakumar, he chose to make the “sacrifice” and accept the position of Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka to strengthen the party.
The idea of Mr. Siddaramaiah serving a second term in the top position—who reportedly has the support of most MLAs—had been challenging for the Congress to convince Mr. Shivakumar to support.
Following the collapse of the Congress’s coalition government with HD Kumaraswamy’s Janata Dal-Secular due to a widespread MLA party switch, Mr. Shivakumar had been insisting on the top position and citing his work over the previous four years. However, he also stated that he would not resort to “blackmail.”
The Bengaluru CLP meeting will feature an announcement
A formal announcement will probably be made by evening following a significant Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting in Bengaluru.
Congressman Randeep Singh Surjewala told the media in front of Mr. Kharge’s home that it might take 48 hours to decide and an extra 24 hours to announce the cabinet.
Since winning handily in the Karnataka Assembly elections, the Congress leadership has been working hard to win over Shivakumar while considering giving Siddaramaiah a second term as chief minister, given that he has the backing of the vast majority of the party’s recently elected MLAs.
On Thursday at 7 o’clock in Bengaluru, the party called a Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting. According to the agreement, Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar will take the oath of office on 20 May, during a formal ceremony in Bengaluru.
Widespread Celebration in Karnataka
In the meantime, Siddaramaiah’s supporters gathered close to his official Bengaluru residence and chanted praise for their leader. They also drenched the life-size cutout of the former CM that was placed in front of his house with milk.
Congress resounding victory in the Karnataka election
A CLP meeting was held on Sunday in Bengaluru by the Congress, which had won handily in Karnataka on Saturday. They handed Kharge the report of the CLP meeting and secret ballot voting on Monday afternoon.
In the 224-member elections for the Karnataka assembly held on May 10, the Congress took home 135 seats.