Bengaluru: Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah may not have even imagined that his two consequetive statements in Mysuru that he would be the CM for the next five years would create such a controversy in his own party!
A day after KPCC president Dr G. Parameshwar came out to subtly remind Mr Siddaramaiah that the new CM would be chosen by the CLP after the polls if the Congress wins veteran party leader C.K. Jaffer Sharief and Congress MLA K.N. Rajanna joined Dr Parameshwar to take on Mr Siddaramaiah.
While participating in a programme in Chamundeshwari, Mr Siddaramaiah had emphatically claimed that he would be CM for the next five years. Then during the inauguration of the Dasara festival at Chamundi hills, he said he would like to continue as CM if the party backed him. Speaking to reporters at his residence on Thursday, Mr Sharief bluntly said, “If one has destiny on his side, a leader can become CM not for five years but even for ten years. We don’t object to it. But we object to leaders saying ‘I am the CM’ even before the party takes a decision. The Congress has a long history. Running a government is different from running the party. Party work is a tough job. When election comes, it is the party which has to go to the people. Whether it is Siddaramaiah or someone else, no one is above the party. The high command’s decision is final,” he said.
Congress MLA, K.N. Rajanna joined Dr Parameshwar and Mr Jaffer Sharief and said there was no precedent in the party of staking claim to the CM’s post before the elections....