Karnataka is likely to have two deputy chief minsters. The Congress is likely to push for a Dalit and Lingayat MLA for the two posts. This would be finalised at a meeting in Delhi after H D Kumaraswamy holds talks with Rahul and Sonia Gandhi.
The Congress high command is said to have put the brakes on candidates who want to contest from two constituencies in the Karnataka assembly elections. This would mean that both Siddaramaiah and Dr. G Parameshwar who have been wanting to contest from two constituencies will not be permitted to do so.
It would not be wrong to say that the defeat in Koratagere in 2013 cost Dr. G Parameshwar the chief minister’s chair. Although there was Siddaramaiah leading the campaign Parameshwar was always in contention for several reasons, one of which was that he is an old-timer in the Congress.
The Congress high command has told its Karnataka state unit to finalise the list of candidates for the May 12 Karnataka assembly elections. The high command has said that it would formally approve the list of candidates after the state unit finalises it.