Siddaramaiah, not a natural choice for CM if Congress wins Karnataka

Karnataka is the second state after Gujarat where Narendra Modi’s mass appeal has helped BJP perform well in assembly polls

"In the event of falling short of the required number of seats, we will have to take the support of the JDS or work out a deal with them", a Congress leader pointed out.

The Assembly Elections in Karnataka witnessed the highest voter turnout in the state in over 35 years.

Party sources also said that Siddaramaiah's insistence on "sacrificing" for a Dalit face could likely be keeping in mind his political career ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Congress state President Dr.G Parameshwar has also said that they are open to the idea of Dalit Chief Minister.

Though he said he had no objection to a Dalit being made the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Mr. Siddaramaiah made a strong pitch for retaining the coveted post by emphasising the absence of dissidence in the party during his five-year tenure at the helm. He was addressing media persons in Kalburgi today in the state after celebrating his 50th marriage anniversary.

Asked to react on Siddaramaiah's "mentally disturbed" comment about him, Yeddyurappa said the chief minister was saying such things because he knows he would lose both Chamundeshwari and Badami seats from where he is contesting.


The exit polls were released immediately after the voting exercise concluded in the State.

The Karnataka election results will be announced on Tuesday. "It is the prerogative of the party high command and the MLAs to choose the CM", said Siddaramaiah. JD (S) chief ministerial candidate HD Kumaraswamy has gone to Singapore, and the reason for his travel could not be ascertained.

The role of the JD (S) in Karnataka politics has been intriguing.

In what it looks like the Congress party's acceptance to the possible fractured mandate in Karnataka, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday said that he was ready to sacrifice CM's post for a Dalit.

What do the Karnataka exit polls say? Other polls predicted a hung assembly with neither the Congress or the BJP getting a majority. For the BJP, Karnataka is a priority as it stands in the way of its "Congress-mukt Bharat" agenda and could become the gateway to other southern states such as Tamil Nadu and Kerala, where the party has little or no representation. Dr B.R. Ambedkar won only one election but had his share of followers because of his ideology.

According to a statement issued by the chief minister's office, the revision of pay and pension is to come into effect from 1 July 2017 with benefits paid from 1 April 2018, one month before the assembly elections.

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