After lengthy deliberations, Karnataka Congress Chief, DK Shivakumar, has accepted to take up the Deputy Chief Minister’s position following former occasion president Sonia Gandhi’s intervention, sources claimed.
Party sources say the Congress prime brass has chosen Siddaraiamah for the Chief Minister publish, with Mr Shivakumar as his deputy.
The deal was clinched after Sonia Gandhi spoke to Mr Shivakumar, who had been agency on his demand for the Chief Minister publish, late final night to resolve the impasse.
The Congress had been struggling to get Mr Shivakumar on board with the thought of a second time period for Mr Siddaramaiah within the prime publish, who reportedly has the help of most MLAs.
Both Mr Siddaramaiah and Mr Shivakumar had met Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi and Party General Secretary KC Venugopal yesterday – presenting their circumstances as contenders for the highest publish.
Mrs Gandhi spoke to Mr Shivakumar late final night after which he accepted the quantity 2 spot, sources stated.
The oath-taking ceremony is scheduled to be held in Bengaluru on Saturday.
While Siddaramaiah is seen to be a frontrunner with mass enchantment and accomplished a full time period in 2018, Mr Shivakumar is thought for his robust organisational capabilities, and is taken into account resourceful and Congress’ troubleshooter throughout robust occasions.
Mr Shivakumar had been insisting on the highest publish, citing his work over the past 4 years -after Congress’s coalition authorities with HD Kumaraswamy’s Janata Dal Secular had collapsed following a mass occasion change by MLAs. But he additionally stated he wouldn’t resort to “blackmail”.
He stated he had assured the Gandhis and Mallikarjun Kharge that he’ll ship Karnataka.
“Sonia Gandhi advised me, ‘I’ve confidence in you that you’ll ship Karnataka’. I’m sitting right here, doing my common duty. You ought to have the essential courtesy, a little bit of gratitude. They ought to have the courtesy to acknowledge who’s behind the win,” he had advised NDTV in an unique interview earlier.
The Congress gained a transparent majority in final week’s meeting elections, ending with 135 seats within the 224-member meeting.