Karnataka CM Race: Siddaramaiah to be next CM; Congress to make announcement today?

Karnataka CM Race: Siddaramaiah to be next CM; Congress to make announcement today?

TV reports stated that congress' official announcement on next CM is likely to come at 6 pm on May 17 (today).

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 02:09 PM IST
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All eyes have been on Congress since the day it

Ever since Congress won Karnataka Assembly elections, all eyes were on the party and their chief ministerial candidate as both heavyweights--Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar--were in the fray.

After much consultations and mulling, it seems like the grand-old party has arrived at a consensus and will likely be announcing the new CM today. The TV reports stated that the party's official announcement is likely to come at 6 pm on May 17 (today).

Amid the several meetings, chatter on social media has grown with many speculating that Siddaramaiah will be the next CM. A report in India Today had also quoted sources within the party saying that the former CM will be taking oath tomorrow as Karnataka's CM again.

Meanwhile, Shivakumar on Wednesday arrived at Sonia Gandhi's residence at 10 Janpath in the national capital to meet with party leader Rahul Gandhi. Earlier in the day, veteran leader Siddaramaiah also met party leader Rahul Gandhi in Delhi.

Congress party is engaged in intense discussions ever since the results of assembly polls were declared on Saturday.

Despite Congress getting a clear mandate in the state polls, the party has been facing a complex to announce the next CM and is also treading cautiously as it wants to avoid a rerun of what it is witnessing between Sachin Pilot & Ashok Gehlot in Rajasthan.

However, Karnataka Congress working president Eshwar Khandare this morning said that the suspense over the decision of the next Chief Minister of Karnataka would likely end by this evening. "I met the party's national president Mallikarjun Kharge and discussed the recent developments in Karnataka...Only high command will decide, we are 100 per cent united. Decision maybe by today evening," Khandare told reporters in Delhi.

The Congress bagged 135 seats to dethrone BJP in the recently held election to the 224-member Karnataka assembly.

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