High command and MLAs will decide next CM: G Parameshwara
Media queries on Siddu’s claim that he would be CM again irk KPCC president.
BENGALURU: Siddaramaiah’s recent assertion that he would continue as chief minister if the Congress is voted to power in the 2018 Assembly election has not gone down well with some party seniors . KPCC President G Parameshwara lost his cool when the media raised the issue before him on Monday.
“Congress high command will decide who will be the chief minister after the next election is won . Don’t raise the question again and again. Put an end to this,” an irked Parameshwara told reporters after Gandhi Jayanthi and Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanthi celebration s at the KPCC office here on Monday.
“The high command has already declared that the next election w ill be fought collectively under the leadership of Siddaramaiah. The party legislators and high command will sit and decide the next chief m inister in the Legislature Party meeting. Don’t create confusion and controversy by raising the issue again and again,” Parameshwara reiterated.
Siddaramaiah could continue as the chief m inister if the High Command wants him to, he added.
Siddaramaiah’s assertion during the Dasara festivities in Mysuru that he would be the chief minister for the next term as well has ignited a debate within the party. Senior Congress leader Jaffer Sharief was vocal in attacking Siddaramaiah . “Just because the high command has decided to fight the next assembly election under the leadership of Siddaramaiah, he should not presume that he would be the automatic choice for the chief m inister’s post. The high command will decide that in the legislature party meeting after the election,” Sharief said.
I will live till 105, contest 2 more polls: Law minister
Tumakuru: Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra he will contest two more polls as he will live 105 years as predicted by astrologers. This comes from the minister whose government will table the Anti-Superstition Bill in the next legislature session. However, Jayachandra said, “There was pressure to include astrology in Anti-Superstition Bill. Since it’s a science.., we decided not to go against astrology.” He also clarified that if the party comes to power in the state, Siddaramaiah will be CM again. “Though we were going for the 2018 polls under collective leadership, Siddaramaiah will lead us. Why not he become CM once again,” he replied to a query after launching Mathrupoorna scheme in Tumakuru on Monday.