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    Congress will decide about making me CM in future, says D K Shivakumar

    The Hawk
    March27/ 2024
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    D K Shivakumar, currently the Deputy CM of Karnataka, addresses speculations about a potential leadership change within the Congress, following a longstanding rivalry with Siddaramaiah for the Chief Minister's position.

    Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar

    Gokarna (Karnataka): Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar on Wednesday said the Congress will decide about making him the Chief Minister in future, bringing to the fore again the issue of leadership change.

    There was stiff competition between Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar for the Chief Minister's post after the Assembly election results in May last year, and the Congress had managed to convince the latter and made him the Deputy Chief Minister.

    There were some reports at the time that a compromise had been reached based on a "rotational Chief Minister formula," according to which Shivakumar will become CM after two-and-half years but they have not been officially confirmed by the party.

    During a temple visit here, a priest prayed that God's blessings may be showered on Shivakumar, and he became the Chief Minister.

    Speaking to reporters here in Uttara Kannada district, Shivakumar, who has in the past made no secret of his ambition to become Chief Minister, amid speculations of change in guard mid-way of the Assembly term, responded to talk in some political circles about the leadership issue.

    "What's wrong if a priest expresses his desire before God while praying? The priest has expressed his desire. Now Siddaramaiah is the Chief Minister, I'm working as Deputy Chief Minister under him, also as party's state President. People speak about it and desiring it (Shivakumar should become CM) is a different matter, it will be decided by our party," Shivakumar said.

    "Now we are all working under the leadership of Siddaramaiah, and our desire is that the state should progress further under his leadership," he said.

    "There will be people including supporters and priests, who pray for us, they will express their opinion. Can we stop them from doing it? At the temple it is between God and his disciple, they have expressed their feelings to God," Shivakumar added.