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Tussle within Congress for Karnataka CM's post

Last Updated: Thursday, May 09, 2013, 09:35
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Tussle within Congress for Karnataka CM`s post Zee Media Bureau

Bangalore: With the Congress having wrested Karnataka from the BJP, the race for the chief minister's post has begun within the party.

Among the candidates leading the race are veteran M Mallikarjuna Kharge, also the Union Labour and Employment Minister, and Leader of Opposition in the outgoing Assembly Siddaramaiah.

"I don't want the post because of my caste (Dalit). I am not interested because of long-standing service to the party. If they think that I am fit for the post, then it is up to them to take a decision. I will abide by any decision the high command takes," Kharge said, putting forth his candidature.

Tussle within Congress for Karnataka CM`s post Siddaramaiah was more forthcoming about his candidature, "I am one of the strong contenders."

A backward class leader who joined the Congress six years ago, Siddaramaiah said the decision on chief ministership was, however, left to the Congress high command and the legislature party.

Tussle within Congress for Karnataka CM`s post Siddaramaiah, 64, represents Varuna seat in Mysore district. He is a backward class leader belonging to the Kuruba (shepherd) community.

He was in the Janata Dal-Secular but joined the Congress in 2006 after differences with party president HD Deve Gowda over the promotion of his sons in the organisation.

Kharge, 70, is now the tallest Dalit leader in the Congress in the state. He has a reputation of winning nine Assembly polls consecutively.

He reluctantly gave up the Assembly seat in 2009 to contest the Lok Sabha election from Gulbarga in North Karnataka.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G Parameshwara was also a contender but is now likely out of the race following his loss in Koratagere.

Another name doing the rounds is Union Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily, a former state chief minister.

Moily, 73, was the Karnataka chief minister in 1992-94. He has been a central minister, has written several books in Kannada. He is from Coastal Karnataka and belongs to the Devadiga community, who were traditionally temple musicians. He represents Chikkaballapur in the Lok Sabha.

(With Agency inputs)

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First Published: Thursday, May 09, 2013, 09:35
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MVR - USA
Inspite of several development projects (Roads, Transport, Metro...), BJP lost in Karnataka due to their internal sqabbles. At least, now they should they should learn a lesson and plan their strategy for 2014 General Elections.
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sagar - kochi
its not at all a surprise that congress won. even in 2008 over all vote share of congress was more than bjp. stil bjp got merority. that means there are people who are voting for some party which they know from decades. they dont want to discover any thing on the earth. they just follow their fathers n ancestors. to prevent this bias let all the parties change the names of parties and symbol as well at periodically. there should not a word of congress or bjp . let people think who is who and vote. as long as this old name of congress and hand symbol exists there is no way for any new parties .
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sprout1932 - Taminadu
Whosoever comes and occupies the CM post we request him to be impartial and help the state and help and make all Indian to live in peace and harmony. and care more for all the Indians and not work for his/their own personal gains.let him obey the high command and at the same time have a compassionate heart too.
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a citizen - Bangalore
I hope Kharge becomes CM - Not because I like him, it`s because if he doesn`t, I`m afraid Siddaramaiah will become!
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anand - vienna
Siddaramaiah is the right candidate for the CM post. He is mass leader and good administrator. No one can take this away from him because of him only congress got majority in karnataka. for this you should know local functioning.
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M. Farooque - Siwan
Sidharamaiyah seems to be the right choice as he is the most popular leader at present and Congress must promote local leaders for long run benefit.
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nikhil - dubai
WHEN SENIOR CONTENDERS ARE IN CENTRAL GOVT. AND KPCC CHIEF NOT WINNING HIS SEAT, THE RIGHT CHOICE SHOULD BE FOR SIDDHARAMAIYAH. HIS ADVANTAGE WILL BE THAT HE KNOWS THE PULSE OF JDs AND ITS CADRE AND IS IN CONTACT WITH CURRENT AFFAIRS OF THE STATE, INCLUDING BJP WHO IS LIKELY TO CREATE DISTUBANCE LIKE A INJURED LEAPORD !!!
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S Krisnamurthy - Coimbatore
There is a strong rumour that EVM`s were fixed to make Congress win. Will someone examine this possibility as Congress has shown how corrupt it can be and has no limits to depravity
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Pvn - Karnataka
Mr krishnamurthi it seems very foolish comment since everyone knows there is no equal vote ratio similiarities in any constituency and ECI is prominent autonomus body..and hovewer this sort of comments are usual tendency of BJP to justify their every shamefull loss
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Pvn - Karnataka
Mr krishnamurthi it seems very foolish comment since everyone knows there is no equal vote ratio similiarities in any constituency and ECI is prominent autonomus body..and hovewer this sort of comments are usual tendency of BJP to justify their every shamefull loss
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raffff - Bangalore
It would be very good if JDS would have won the state but Its good to see that cong has won against most corrupted Party BJP & they will roll know.
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sprout1932 - tamilnadu
Talking one thing and doing another thing,how can that be. talk of corruption but have members who are masters and who do not care for the party .only one thing how to become rich and follow the policy ``make hay while the Sun shines````
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sprout1932 - tamilnadu
Set the party all right before it is too late.
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S Krisnamurthy - Coimbatore
There is a strong rumour that EVM`s were fixed to make Congress win. Will someone examine this possibility as Congress has shown how corrupt it can be and has no limits to depravity



MVR - USA
Inspite of several development projects (Roads, Transport, Metro...), BJP lost in Karnataka due to their internal sqabbles. At least, now they should they should learn a lesson and plan their strategy for 2014 General Elections.



nikhil - dubai
WHEN SENIOR CONTENDERS ARE IN CENTRAL GOVT. AND KPCC CHIEF NOT WINNING HIS SEAT, THE RIGHT CHOICE SHOULD BE FOR SIDDHARAMAIYAH. HIS ADVANTAGE WILL BE THAT HE KNOWS THE PULSE OF JDs AND ITS CADRE AND IS IN CONTACT WITH CURRENT AFFAIRS OF THE STATE, INCLUDING BJP WHO IS LIKELY TO CREATE DISTUBANCE LIKE A INJURED LEAPORD !!!





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