Karnataka: After Congress’s landslide victory in Karnataka, the party on Sunday appointed three observers for the appointment of the next CM of the state. The Congress has called a meeting of newly elected party legislators in Bengaluru today to discuss government formation and the next chief minister of the state.
Former Maharashtra CM Sushil Kumar Shinde, former general secretary Deepak Bawariya, and current general secretary Bhanwar Jitendra Singh have been made observers in Karnataka by the AICC. The observers will be present at the Congress Legislature Party meeting today and will submit the report to the party’s high command. According to party sources, Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge called up Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi ahead of a key party meeting.
Sushil Kumar Shinde, Deepak Bawaria and Bhanwar Jitendra Singh have been made the observers in Karnataka by AICC. Observers will be present in the Congress Legislative party meeting today and will submit the report to the party high command. pic.twitter.com/QYDV2Iz0uo
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When asked about the next CM of Karnataka, Congress leader Syed Naseer Hussain said that the chief minister will be announced within 2-3 days and we are preparing to form the cabinet as soon as possible. According to sources, a resolution is likely to be passed in the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting today, and all MLAs will leave the choice of CM to the high command. The CLP meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. today, and the newly elected have already been instructed to come to Bengaluru.
There is a tough fight for the CM’s post between former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President DK Shivakumar. Besides Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar, the names of former deputy chief minister and former KPCC president G Parameshwara, veteran leader and seven-time MP KH Muniyappa (both Dalits), and MB Patil are doing the rounds.
Hon’ble Congress President has deputed Shri.Sushilkumar Shinde (Former Chief Minister, Maharashtra), Shri.Jitendra Singh (AICC GS) and Shri.Deepak Babaria (former AICC GS) as observers for the election of the CLP Leader of Karnataka.
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In fact, this election, Congress has significantly improved its electoral performance in the Vokkaliga-dominated old Mysore region (South Karnataka), and the credit goes largely to Shivakumar.
The Congress emerged victorious on Saturday by winning 135 seats in the 224-member Karnataka Assembly elections held on May 10. According to the Election Commission’s website, the BJP has 66 seats and the JD(S) has 19 seats.