The party took a few days time to decide on its CM candidate after sweeping the May 5 assembly polls. A number of names like Mallikarjun Kharge and Veerappa Moily were doing the rounds apart from Siddaramaiah as the possible chief minister and finally it worked in favour of the man from Mysore.
Siddaramaiah is the 22nd chief minister of the state.
The Congress bagged 121 seats out of 223 seats in the assembly (poll in one seat was deferred) while the BJP managed just 40 seats, which is 70 less than its 2008 tally. The KJP led by former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa managed seven seats while the JD(s) also won 40 seats.