The suspense over the new Karnataka chief minister has intensified with two hopefuls – state chief DK Shivakumar and senior leader Siddaramaiah – in New Delhi today to discuss the issue with the party’s national leadership. Siddaramaiah reached Delhi yesterday evening, while Mr Shivakumar is expected to arrive later today.
Mr Shivakumar is locked in an intense power struggle with Siddaramaiah over who will lead the government, after the Congress stormed to power by winning 135 seats in the May 10 elections to the 224-member Karnataka Assembly.
Amid speculations about the number of MLAs supporting him and Siddaramaiah for the post, Shivakumar on Monday said his strength is 135, as it was under his leadership, the party won 135 seats.
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Without The Party, Everyone Is Zero: DK Shivakumar
Before leaving for Delhi, Mr Shivakumar told reporters that he is where he is today because of Congress. “Without the party, everyone is zero,” he said.
Karnataka Congress chief D K Shivakumar, engaged in an intense competition with Siddaramaiah over the post of Chief Minister, left for Delhi on Tuesday morning.
“Congress party General Secretary has instructed me to come alone, I’m going to Delhi alone. My health is good,” Shivakumar told reporters outside his residence before leaving for the airport.
Karnataka state chief DK Shivakumar will be in Delhi today to discuss the issue of government formation in the state with the party’s central leadership.