It was quite an effort to convince the Congress leaders to remain united over the candidature of Siddarmaiah as Chief Minister. Sources in Congress tell rediff.com that Mallikarjuna Kharge another aspirant to the post would be given the railway portfolio at the centre.
G Parameshwar who was also opposing Siddarmaiah has been assured of a cabinet portfolio. The Congress has also decided to make a Lingayat leader as the Deputy Chief Minister. The name of the Deputy CM came up after some leaders from the Lingayat community demanded good representation in the wake of the community voting in large numbers for the Congress.
The front runner for the post of Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah has been instructed by the Congress high command to stay put in Bangalore. He has been told that two senior leaders, Ambika Soni and A K Antony will visit Bangalore late tonight and decide on when to convene the Congress Legislature party meeting to elect a new leader. Continue reading “Stay there, we will come- Congress High Command”
The people have punished the BJP which had ministers who watched porn in the assembly was the reaction of Karnataka state Congress chief, G Parameswhar. Addressing a press conference at Bangalore after his party comfortably, Parameshwar did not look all that elated as he had lost at his constituency.
He however thanked the people of the state who had voted for the Congress. There has been a negative vote against the BJP, but one must not forget about how the Congress went to the people and helped them with their problems.
Congress leaders Siddarmaiah and G Parameshwar are likely to leave with a host of other senior leaders to meet with the high command on the issue of Chief Minister. At Delhi the leaders would decide on a date to convene a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting to elect the new leader of the party who would become Chief Minister.
Siddarmaiah is the front runner for the post, but there are efforts being made by Mallikarjuna Kharge and D KShivakumar to grab the coveted post. Congress leaders in Karnataka have maintained that they would abide by the decision of the High Command. At Delhi all the leaders would meet collectively and individually with the top leadership and take a final call on who the leader would be. They would then return to Bangalore and convene the CLP meeting to formally elect the leader.
The Congress is all set to form the next government in Karnataka and the race for the post of Chief Minister has become relatively simpler for the party. The loss of G Parameshwar who was one of the strongest contender for the post lost by a major margin at the Koratagere assembly constituency. Continue reading “The path for Siddaramaiah is clear”
The Congress will have one less head ache while deciding the Chief Ministerial candidate when it forms the government in Karnataka. G Parameshwar who trailed the Korategere seat right from the time counting began has lost his seat.
Parameshwar the state Congress chief was a strong contender for the post of Chief Minister. All through the battle for Karnataka he was pitched against Siddaramaiah to become CM of Karnataka.
Tomorrow is a big day for Karnataka and by the end of the day, the state will have a new government in place. The counting process which will commence at 8 AM tomorrow is going to be keenly watched and the fate of 2940 candidates will be at stake.
The Congress does realise that the rebellion that it has been facing ever since the ticket distribution process commenced has turned out to be extremely counter productive. A internal study conducted by the think tanks in the party reveals that the party is facing rebellion in at least 60 constituencies.
Rebellion in 60 constituencies is no joke, Congress sources tell rediff.com. There is a lot we need to do and as the D-Day of May 5th draws closer we need to set all this right.
There are many constituencies in Karnataka which have been termed as the constituency of a Chief Minister. Hubli-Dharwad central- Jagadish Shettar, Ramanagar- H D Kumaraswamy, Varuna- Siddaramaiah. Adding to this list is the Koratagere constituency from where Dr G Parameshwar, the Congress Chief will contest the elections.
There is a great deal of enthusiasm among the people of this constituency in Tumkur district. It is a backward constituency and relatively a new one too. It was made a reserved constituency recently after which Parameshwar shifted base from Madhugiri where he had won thrice. Continue reading “G Parameshwar needs to win big”
The Congress has been hit by rebellion in Karnataka and even as one watches the campaign, it becomes clear that there is a three way split in the party. The Congress high command has kept everyone in suspense as to who the Chief Minister would be in case it wins Karnataka and this even led Narendra Modi to mock them by saying, “ how much will you show us the hand, show us the face now.”
Earlier it was a direct fight between the Congress chief, G Parameshwar and opposition leader, Siddaramaiah. Today the Congress has one more entity and that is former Chief Minister, S M Krishna who has sulked, complained but continues to campaign while claiming that he can make a difference in 27 constituencies in Karnataka. Continue reading “Cong rebellion- SMK makes it a threesome now”