Karnataka: Here are the three names doing the rounds for deputy CM
The meeting between the Gandhis and Kumaraswamy is an anticipated one as it would decide on who holds what in the next government of Karnataka. The Congress which is the senior partner with 78 seats has conceded the post of Chief Minister to H D Kumaraswamy of the Janata Dal (S).
While the two parties are in agreement over the list of ministers, there has been some amount of confusion over the post of deputy chief minister. The JD(S) was okay with the idea of having just one deputy, but the Congress has demanded two.
These are some of the issues that the two parties are trying to iron out. The Karnataka Congress has already informed its high command about the need for having both the posts. It has proposed the names of D K Shivakumar and M B Patil for the two posts. Shivakumar who was not expected to play second fiddle to Kumaraswamy however said that he leaves the decision up to the high command.
In M B Patil, the Congress is trying to salvage what it lost to the Lingayats. The party has been on the back-foot on this front and would look to gain lost ground. The party is being accused of trying to stop Yeddyurappa from becoming the CM and in the run up to the 2019 elections it would have to work around the Lingayats who are influential in nearly 15 out of the 28 constituencies.
The proposing of Shivakumar's name is also an interesting one. He is a strong Vokkaliga leader like Kumaraswamy. The JD(S) has its biggest vote bank among the Vokkaligas and by forming the government it would like to consolidate it further. The Congress too which has a considerable amount of Vokkaliga vote share would not like to give it up to the JD(S) and hence the name of Shivakumar was proposed.
In the race is also Dr. G Parameshwar, a Dalit. The initial proposal made by the Congress had the names of a Dalit and Lingayat. It would be interesting to see what the high command finally decides.