A whisper campaign by the Dalits in Karnataka which has Siddaramaiah worried

siddha-campaignPrime Minister Narendra Modi at a recent rally brought about the issue of how senior Congress leader, Mallikarjuna Kharge was denied the post of Karnataka chief minister. During a roadshow near Mysore, when Kharge stopped over, he was flocked by people who shouted that they did not want Siddaramaiah, but him to become the chief minister of Karnataka.

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BBMP verdict: Will Siddaramaiah be replaced? No says congress

sidduWith the ruling Congress in Karnataka losing the prestigious BBMP elections, the question on everyone’s mind is will Chief Minister Siddaramaiah be replaced.
While he does have many enemies within the party, the general view is that there shall be no shake up immediately, although the name of Mallikarjuna Kharge is already doing the rounds to take over as the next Chief Minister of Karnataka.

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Kharge worth Rs 50000 crore, alleges complaint

kharge4Senior Congress leader, Mallikarjuna Kharge is in trouble with the Lokayukta probing a case that alleges that he owns Rs 50,000 crore worth of property, according to reports. The allegation is that he has amassed wealth disproportionate to his known source of income and hence a complaint under Prevention of Corruption Act was filed against him.

The complaint has been filed by B Rathnakar, the General Secretary of the Samaj Parivarthan Samithi who has alleged that Kharge has amassed a huge amount of wealth by misusing his office while he was a minister. The Raichur wing of the Lokayukta is conducting an inquiry into the matter. Lokayukta officials tell OneIndia that they are looking into the complaint and are conducting a thorough probe of the allegations. The Lokayukta, however added that they are inquiring into the complaint and if the allegations have merit then an FIR would be filed and case registered.
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Behind the scene at KPCC office

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.

Lobbying in Congress and the CLP meet

Pic: The Hindu
Pic: The Hindu

Ahead of the crucial Congress legislature party meeting to be held at 12.30 PM today, hectic lobbying is on. Both Siddaramaiah and Mallikarjuna Kharge just met with S M Krishna separately and sought his blessings.

Siddaramaiah in fact has met with almost all senior leaders in the Congress over the past two days and sought their blessings. Kharge too has been doing the same as both know it would boil down to the CLP meeting and the events there which will be a final deciding factor. Continue reading “Lobbying in Congress and the CLP meet”

Siddu vs Kharge- the pros and cons

kharge1aaWith the Congress Legislature Party meeting scheduled for today afternoon, the question that Karnataka is asking is who will be Chief Minister. At the moment it appears that it would be a closely contested battle between Siddaramaiah and Mallikarjuna Kharge, but the former seems to have a better chance of grabbing the post.

Siddaramaiah has an outsider tag since he has been with the Congress only for 7 to 8 years. However he has mass support and can rebel in case he is not considered for the post. The Congress would not want a rebellion as of now since they have spent the past five years speaking about the infighting in the BJP and would not want to start off on such a bad note. Continue reading “Siddu vs Kharge- the pros and cons”

Stay there, we will come- Congress High Command

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”

CM- Will it be 50:50?

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With the Congress undecided on whom to make the next Chief Minister, an option that is being considered and spoken about in the Congress circles is a 50:50 arrangement. The preferred choice of both Sonia and Rahul Gandhi is Mallikarjuna Kharge.
There are a couple of factors that have made the two top leaders of the Congress favour Kharge to be Chief Minister. Kharge is four decades old in the Congress and he is a loyalist. Moreover he is a candidate with no one would have any problem except the Siddaramaiah faction due to his seniority in the party. Continue reading “CM- Will it be 50:50?”

Lad faces lonely campaign

photo_3After much deliberation and lobbying, the Congress finally gave into Anil Lad to contest from the Bellary city constituency. The opposition to his candidature was due to the fact that his name figured in the illegal mining report.

Lad is however bitter and is often seen complaining that he is undertaking a lonely campaign. There were in fact seven contenders for this constituency from the Congress and today all of them have stayed away from Lad’s campaign.

Lad tells rediff.com that there is a negative campaign against him and some of the persons from his own party who were aspirants to the post want to see him defeated. Not only are they not campaigning for me, but they are even spreading rumours against me. I have complained to the high command about the same.

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“I am not a CM aspirant”

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He has been a chief minister in waiting for quite some time. The post has alluded him twice in the past and this time too for a brief period his name was doing the rounds.
Mallikarjuna Kharge, union labour and employment minister and former home minister of Karnataka has joined the Congress campaign for the Karnataka elections putting to rest all speculations of a rift in the party. In this interview with rediff.com, Kharge says that he is not an aspirant to the chair of the CM, but also adds that the final decision would be with the high command.

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