Karnataka Election Result 2023: After the victory of the party, now there will be a contest for leadership, Siddaramaiah or Shivakumar! who will be the leader
Both the chief ministerial contenders Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar are favorites of the high command.
Congress party is leading on 138 seats in the ongoing counting of votes for the Karnataka assembly elections. In many seats the margin of votes is huge. Along with this, the Congress party has also stepped up preparations to decide the name of its new leader. Meetings underway at Congress President M Mallikarjun Kharge’s residence in Bengaluru with AICC General Secretary and in-charge of Karnataka Randeep Singh Surjewala, Shivakumar and former Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, among others.
However, choosing the chief ministerial candidate will not be easy for the Congress as both the top candidates, veteran leader Siddaramaiah and state Congress chief DK Shivakumar, are favorites of the high command. By the way, since the election results came in favor of the party, both the leaders have not expressed any disrespect or neglect towards each other.
According to some media sources, Siddaramaiah may be the next Chief Minister of Karnataka. State party chief DK Shivakumar is largely credited with taking the party forward and reviving it in Karnataka. It is being said that he will initially get a big post in the government and later he will take over as the chief minister.
Earlier, Siddaramaiah said that it is a tradition in the Congress party that it does not project anyone for the post of Chief Minister. The party follows a very democratic process. He said the elected legislators will decide and give their opinion and then the high command will decide. Congress leader K Rehman Khan also supported Siddaramaiah’s views, saying on Saturday that the CLP would decide the next chief minister.
Party workers, meanwhile, say that Siddaramaiah is a more senior leader and has the experience of running a government, though DKS is capable of posing a challenge. But the final decision will be of the high command. Shivakumar is considered an organizational fit and Siddaramaiah is still the most popular and crowd-puller of the party in the state.
According to the Election Commission, the Congress is heading towards a landslide victory in the state. It is leading in about 138 seats, while the BJP is leading in 62 seats. The HD Kumaraswamy-led Janata Dal-Secular is at the third position with less than 30 seats.
Meanwhile, Shivakumar said the party will not take any of its MLAs to any resort till the results of the assembly elections are out on Saturday. Karnataka went to polls in a single phase on Wednesday and recorded 73.19 per cent voter turnout, according to the state’s Chief Electoral Officer.