Karnataka CM Race LIVE Updates: ‘Whether they like me or not…’: DK Shivakumar before leaving for Delhi


Karnataka Assembly Election 2023 LIVE Updates: The suspense over Karnataka’s next chief minister continued on Tuesday as the Congress’ high command is yet to announce its decision after a massive win in the southern state on Saturday. In the CM race are senior leaders DK Shivakumar, who is the Karnataka Congress’ president, and Siddaramaiah, former chief minister and leader of opposition. 

KPCC chief DK Shivakumar is likely to travel to Delhi to meet the central leadership of the party today after cancelling his visit yesterday due to a stomach infection. After a long Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting, leaders decided to hand over the responsibility of choosing Karnataka’s next CM to the party’s national president, Mallikarjun Kharge.

Kharge is set to make his decision after consulting UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and going through the Congress central observers’ report, which was submitted yesterday. He is expected to announce a name today.

Karnataka has been witnessing factionalism within the party as fanatics of both Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar made camps of their own and raised the slogans in a show of strength. The leaders have both however denied speculations of a growing rift and put up a united front.

The Congress party secured 135 seats in the May 10 assembly election in Karnataka, emerging as the single largest party and giving the state a decisive mandate. The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) won 66 seats, while regional party, the Janata Dal (Secular) managed to get 19 seats. Follow our liveblog for the latest updates.

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  • May 16, 2023 09:34 AM IST

    ‘Whether they like me or not…’: DK Shivakumar before leaving for Delhi

    DK Shivakumar, who is competing with fellow senior party leader Siddaramaiah to become Karnataka’s next CM, spoke to reporters before leaving for Delhi today. “Ours is a united house, our number is 135. I don’t want to divide anyone here. Whether they like me or not, I am a responsible man. I will not backstab and I will not blackmail,” he said.

  • May 16, 2023 09:28 AM IST

    Cong gen secy has asked me to come alone, says DK Shivakumar 

    Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar on Tuesday said he is traveling to Delhi alone and that his health is in good condition. Shivakumar had cancelled his trip to the national capital on Monday on account of a stomach infection. “The Congress general secretary has asked me to come alone, I’m going to Delhi alone. My health is good,” he told reporters. He will leave for the airport shortly. (PTI)

  • May 16, 2023 08:49 AM IST

    DK Shivakumar to travel to Delhi today amid CM race

    Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar will travel to Delhi today amid a suspense over the decision on the state’s next chief minister. While Congress leader Siddaramaiah arrived in Delhi yesterday, Shivakumar had stayed in Bengaluru due to a stomach infection. (ANI)

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