The debate on who would be the chief minister of Karnataka if the Congress wins appears to be never ending. The Karnataka Congress chief, Dr. G Parameshwar has thrown the debate wide open by saying CM later, win first.
There is plenty of activity behind the scenes in the BJP which takes on the Congress in the May 12 Karnataka elections. The BJP has released two lists and is yet to come up with the final one with 72 names.
The guess work continues and it is hard to say at the moment who exactly wants Siddaramaiah to contest from two seats. On one hand, there are reports that say that it is the high command which does not want Siddaramaiah to contest from Chamundeshwari. On the other Siddaramaiah says that it is his followers who are forcing him to contest from Badami.
Bengaluru: Master stroke or self goal? These are the two questions that come to mind when one discusses the religious minority tag that Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah recommended for the Lingayats.
Bengaluru: The big surprise for all in the Congress list of candidates was with regard to Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah. The Congress put to rest all speculation that the CM would be contesting two seats-Chamundeshwari and Badami. He will now contest from Chamundeshwari only while his son would battle it from the neighbouring Varuna.
The talk of me contesting from Badami was mere speculation, Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah said. Speaking with reporters, he said that the people of Badami had requested him to contest from the segment.
The much-awaited Congress list was out on Sunday. The highlight of the list was that Siddaramaiah was given a ticket from just one constituency as opposed to reports that did the rounds in the media that he would be fielded from two constituencies.
The big highlights in today’s Congress list of candidates are that Siddaramaiah would be contesting just one seat. Amidst speculation that he would contest from two seats, the final list indicates that he would be contesting only from Chamundeshwari.
Even as the Congress is readying its list of candidates for the Karnataka assembly elections, rebellion within the party seems to be touching an all time high. There is a Tughlaq rule in the Congress and Siddaramaiah is Tughlaq, senior leader P Ramesh said.
With speculation rife that Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah is likely to contest from Badami, the entire focus has shifted to this constituency. The constituency known for its heritage structures which attracts tourists from all corners of the world comprises 143 villages.