Karnataka CM News: Suspense remains on the name of the next Chief Minister of Karnataka. Continuous consultations are going on in the Congress, but so far no consensus has been reached on the name of the CM. On Wednesday (May 17) too, the thrust of the meetings continued since morning. Earlier the discussions about finalization of Siddaramaiah’s name were intense, but now sources say that DK Shivakumar is not getting ready. The party has also made an offer to persuade him, but Shivkumar is not ready.
Let us tell you what the Congress has offered to DK Shivakumar and what is his demand. Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar discussed with former Congress President Rahul Gandhi for about an hour on Wednesday. Sources told that Rahul Gandhi and the Congress leadership have offered DK Shivakumar the post of Deputy CM as well as 6 big ministries.
What is DK’s demand?
Apart from this, he has also been promised the CM’s chair after two and a half years. On the other hand, Shivkumar’s demand is that there should be only one Deputy CM, now there is talk of more than one Deputy CM. CM should be made after deputy. The announcement to make CM should be made now, so that the situation like TK Sahdev Singh does not happen later.
Meanwhile, many questions are also being raised in the political circles. Like how such a difficulty has arisen in front of the Congress to decide the name of the CM. What is the concern of the Congress regarding the announcement of the name. To answer all these questions, it is necessary to analyze the strength and weakness of both the main contenders for the Chief Minister’s post, Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar.
What are the things in favor of Siddaramaiah
First of all let’s talk about the power of former CM Siddaramaiah. Siddaramaiah has wide influence across the state and is very popular among a large section of Congress MLAs. He also has the experience of running the government as Chief Minister (2013-18). He is also an able administrator with experience of presenting 13 budgets. He is considered close to Rahul Gandhi. He obviously has their support.
Talking about Siddaramaiah’s weakness, he does not have much association with the party in the organizational form. Under his leadership, the Congress government could not return to power in 2018. He is still considered an outsider by a section of old Congress leaders. He was earlier in JDS. Age can also be a factor. Siddaramaiah is 75 years old.
DK Shivakumar’s Strengths and Weaknesses
Now let’s talk about DK Shivakumar. Shivakumar’s strengths include strong organizational skills and playing a key role in helping the party win elections. He is known for his loyalty to the party. In difficult times, he is considered the chief troubleshooter of the Congress. He also has the support of the prominent Vokkaliga community, its influential saints and leaders. Also, he has closeness to the Gandhi family, especially Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Age is in his favor, it is not a factor. He has a long political experience and has also handled various portfolios.
The things that are going against Shivkumar. They are- cases against him in IT, ED and CBI, conviction in Tihar Jail, less mass appeal and experience than Siddaramaiah, overall his influence is limited to old Mysuru region. Also, they do not have much support from other communities. A larger number of MLAs are likely to support Siddaramaiah than Shivakumar. On the other hand, Rahul Gandhi has clear support for Siddaramaiah.
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