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Congress announces Siddaramaiah as Karnataka’s next CM

Siddaramaiah

DK Shivakumar as his only deputy

BENGALURU/NEW DELHI, MAY 18: The Congress on Thursday named Siddaramaiah as the next Chief Minister of Karnataka and State PCC chief DK Shivakumar as his only deputy, a strong contender for the top post, ending the tense deadlock after prolonged parleys involving its central leadership.
Siddaramaiah met Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot to stake claim to form the Government shortly after the 9-time MLA was formally elected the leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in Karnataka at a meeting of the newly elected party MLAs at Indira Gandhi Bhavan in Bengaluru on Thursday night.
He will become the Chief Minister for the second time after his earlier 5-year stint in 2013.
Siddaramaiah, 75, and Shivakumar, 61, will take oath of office on May 20, according to party General Secretary (Organisation) KC Venugopal, even as Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge invited leaders of several like-minded parties for the swearing-in ceremony in Bengaluru. The event may turn out to be a show of strength for opposition parties amid unity efforts to take on the ruling BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Senior party leader and in-charge for Karnataka Randeep Surjewala said Shivakumar moved a resolution to elect Siddaramaiah as the new CLP leader. All the members of the CLP endorsed the resolution unanimously, he added.
After 4 days of intense wrangling for the top post, a solution was hammered out at a fresh round of discussions in Delhi that went on till the early hours of Thursday.
Announcing the decision taken by Kharge, Venugopal said all leaders, including the top leadership, worked very hard to make the Karnataka victory a reality.
“We have decided on Siddaramaiah as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. DK Shivakumar will be the only Deputy CM”, he told reporters, as the two leaders, who were frontrunners for the CM’s post, presented their cases vigorously before the top brass after the Congress’ stunning comeback to oust BJP from its lone southern citadel since the party emerged victorious on May 13.
Shivakumar will also continue as the party’s Karnataka State president till Parliamentary elections are over, he added. The next Lok Sabha elections are due in the first half of next year.
Venugopal said the swearing-in ceremony will be held on May 20 at 12.30 p.m., according to a report in The Hindu.
PTI adds: Ending days of suspense, the Congress on Thursday announced Siddaramaiah as the next Chief Minister of Karnataka and PCC president DK Shivakumar as his only deputy in the soon-to-formed Cabinet.
The two leaders, who were in a tight race for the top post, would take oath along with other Ministers on May 20 and leaders of all like-minded parties will be invited for the swearing-in ceremony.
Announcing the decision taken by Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge after hectic parleys ever since the party emerged victorious on May 13, General Secretary (Organisation) KC Venugopal said all leaders, including the top leadership, worked very hard to make Karnataka victory a reality.
“We have decided on Siddaramiah as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. DK Shivakumar will the only Deputy CM”, he said.
Shivakumar will also continue as the party’s Karnataka State president till Parliamentary elections are over, he said.
He also said that the swearing-in ceremony would be held on May 20 at 12.30 p.m.
At the same press conference, senior party leader Randeep Surjewala said the Congress party is committed to fulfill the 5 promises that were made during the elections and action would be taken on them in the first meeting of the Cabinet.
Asked about the much-talked-about power-sharing formula between Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar, Venugopal said the only power-sharing formula is to share the power with the people of Karnataka. “Ours is a democratic party, we believe in consensus and not in dictatorship”, he said on the hectic discussions held over the last few days.
Crediting the people of the State and party leaders in Karnataka for the “spectacular” victory, he said this election was a clearly a fight between the poor and the rich and the poor and middle class have stood with the Congress party.
He also gave credit to Kharge, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi for the victory in the polls and thanked them for campaigning and guiding the party rank and file.
Venugopal said the Congress victory was initiated from the time of the Bharat Jodo Yatra and thanked Rahul Gandhi for his spirited campaign and guidance.
He said for the last 2-3 days, the party was trying to bring about a consensus and described both the leaders as “dynamic”. Venugopal said Siddaramaiah is a senior-most politician and an able administrator who contributed a lot in this election.
He also said that Shivakumar had electrified the campaign in the State and the two leaders were a “very good combination”.
“Both are big assets of the Congress party”, he said, adding both were justified in their wish and desire to be Chief Minister.
Surjewala said both the leaders are capable of being Chief Minister and the Congress would provide a “transparent, honest and stable Government” that would serve as a role model.
“This victory is the joint victory of the Congress organisation. Every worker showed that the Congress can fight this battle together and win”, he said.
“The real crown of Congress victory is of 6.5 crore Kannadigas. It is a victory of every Kannadiga, of the democracy and the values of this Constitution and is a loss for those who want to quell democratic traditions under a bulldozer”, Surjewala said.

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