Despite the party leadership’s decree, the number of MLAs who are openly supporting Siddaramaiah as the chief minister’s face has irked Shivakumar. Kumar aspires to become the Chief Minister.
Bangalore. senior congress leader Siddaramaiah on Thursday asked legislators not to project him as the chief ministerial face for the 2023 assembly polls. The former chief minister made the remarks amid growing rift within the party over the issue. In the party, his and the supporters of state Congress President DK Shivakumar are in the race to prove their leader as big. Despite the party leadership’s decree, the number of MLAs who are openly supporting Siddaramaiah as the chief minister’s face has irked Shivakumar. Kumar aspires to become the Chief Minister.
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Siddaramaiah, in response to a question on Shivakumar’s statement, said, “I don’t know, I don’t want to react on that… I never said that I would be the chief minister, but I would still request the MLAs that they ( Don’t make a statement projecting me as the next chief minister.” Shivakumar asked Siddaramaiah to stop the MLAs from presenting him as the next chief minister. On his return from Delhi after meeting the party’s national leaders, Shivakumar on Wednesday asked Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah to look into the statements of some MLAs who are projecting him as the next chief minister. He had said, “…the party high command has said what it has to do, I have also seen statements of some MLAs in the media. Legislature party leader (Siddaramaiah) will look into it. If he doesn’t, the party is there to look into it.”
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Shivakumar said he was in no hurry to become the chief minister and his aim was to bring the party to power. Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Siddaramaiah has downplayed the statements of some MLAs projecting him as the next Chief Minister, calling it his personal views. All India Congress Committee general secretary in-charge of Karnataka Randeep Singh Surjewala and Shivakumar have asked party legislators and leaders not to make such public remarks. Despite this, his statements are coming.
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