Time up for Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah? Unlikely even as lobbying continues
Bengaluru, Apr 28: There has been hectic lobbying by the Congress in Karnataka to bag the post of Chief Minister with some reports suggesting that the high command is unhappy with Siddaramaiah.
While the lobbying has been hectic by the likes of S M Krishna, Dr G Parameshwar and Mallikarjuna Kharge, the high command is however undecided on whether to effect the change or not.
The Congress is the midst of problems in New Delhi with fresh allegations on the AgustaWestland chopper deal. If they attempt to replace Siddaramaiah at this moment, there is bound to be major trouble and he will walk out with at least 20 MLAs.
What has led to the speculation is the meeting between Krishna and Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi. Some Congress leaders in the state feel that he had met with Sonia Gandhi to discuss the issue of Chief Ministership.
Another cause for the speculation emerged when Sonia Gandhi reportedly did not meet with Siddaramaiah during his visit to Delhi on April 23. Some rebel MLAs also held a meeting which led to further speculation.
While the High Command has made its displeasure felt about the recent controversies surrounding Siddaramaiah, sources say that no immediate decision would be taken. Asking Siddaramaiah to step down at this juncture could add to the troubles of the Congress.
He will not step down that easily and realistically has the staunch support of at least 20 MLAs. While it is claimed that he has the support of nearly 45, sources say that many are fence sitters and swing where the tide is stronger.
Even before the High Command has decided on anything there is some hectic lobbying on for the post of CM. While the Mallikarjuna Kharge faction felt that he should be made the CM, the Congress is unlikely to relieve him of his responsibilities in New Delhi.
Further the names of S M Krishna and G Parameshwar, the Home Minister of the state are doing the rounds. Both camps are making pitches before the high command.
However the high command is undecided and feels that it would not be a good idea to meddle especially when there are nearly two years remaining for the elections. The high command is expected to make a change as 2018 is nearing when the state goes to polls.