Congress will not project any chief ministerial candidate

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Bangalore, Mar 9 (UNI) Congress in Karnataka will not project any leader as the chief ministerial candidate, senior party leader and union minister M V Rajashekharan said today.

Speaking to newspersons before attending a private function here he said the coming assembly elections in the state would be fought under collective leadership and this would include S M Krishna.

Party high command would decide about the leadership after the poll.

Mr Krishna has resigned as Maharashtra Governor to make a reentry into state politics.

Denying that the entry of Mr Krishna had created confusion, he said Congress never projected anyone as the future Chief Minister.

"When the party regains power it will be the high command which takes the ultimate decision. None of the leaders including former Deputy Chief minister Siddaramaiah, KPCC President Mallikarjuna Kharge or even Mr Krishna have claimed for any post for the future," he said.

He said the entry of JD(S) leader M P Prakash would boost the chances of Congress making a comeback in the state.

He dismissed allegation from rival parties that Congress had tried to defer the elections. "We only insisted on removing the large scale anomalies found in the electoral rolls, he added.

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