Why did Siddaramaiah take so long to get the chair?

May 28 2023

It was known to everyone even before the results of the Karnataka elections that if the Congress government came to power in the state, the crown would be on Siddaramaiah’s head. One, he is the biggest leader of 36 percent OBC castes of the state, the Kuruba caste from which he comes, the percentage of this caste in the state is also more than 7 percent. And perhaps the more important thing is that he is Rahul Gandhi’s first choice as the Chief Minister. But there was also a faction of the Congress which continued to advocate for DK Shivkumar. This group was headed by Rahul’s favourite KC Venugopal and Congress’ Karnataka in-charge Randeep Surjewala. Seeing this, Karnataka Congress MLA G Parameshwara came to the ground with his supporters and started demanding the post of Deputy CM. Sensing all these circumstances, the Congress entrusted its observer Sushil Kumar Shinde with the responsibility to ‘dispose of the matter immediately.’ Shinde hastily submitted his report to the high command and said that ‘if Siddaramaiah’s name as CM is not announced soon, then MLAs can rebel because some leaders of BJP and JDS are in constant touch with them, so they can break away with 96 MLAs out of total 135 of Congress and form their own government with BJP’s support.’ In such a situation, only 32 MLAs were left to count with DK. Along with this, Sushil Kumar Shinde, a Dalit leader from Maharashtra, who had announced his retirement during Rahul’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, has also returned to active Congress politics.

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