Congress leaders raise demand for more Deputy CMs in Karnataka again

Rajanna had raised this issue and said the Congress should appoint three more DCMs besides the present DCM DK Shivakumar for the party to win more Lok Sabha seats.
A file photo of a Congress supporter waving the party flag during a rally.
A file photo of a Congress supporter waving the party flag during a rally. (Photo | PTI)

BENGALURU: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s cabinet colleagues, especially his loyalists, are again raising the issue of creation of more deputy chief minister posts in the government, giving enough ammunition to the opposition BJP to attack the government.

Cooperation Minister KN Rajanna renewed his demand for the creation of three more DCM posts for three leaders from different communities as he felt it will help the party win more seats in the forthcoming elections to local bodies.

“After the Lok Sabha election results, the Congress government in the state has become like a house with a hundred doors. The competition for the posts of CM and DCM in the government is fierce and the infighting within the government is like a fire covered by ash. Dear CM @siddaramaiah, Dear DCM @DKShivakumar, tell us when will the race for your chair stop?, when will the eclipse of Karnataka’s development end,” state BJP posted on ‘X’.

Before the Lok Sabha elections too, Rajanna had raised this issue and said the Congress high command should appoint three more DCMs besides the present DCM DK Shivakumar for the party to win more Lok Sabha seats.

The names of Home Minister Dr G Parameshwara and Industries Minister MB Patil were discussed then. Dalit leaders from the party had held dinner meetings with PWD Minister Satish Jarkiholi. But AICC bosses, including president Mallikarjun Kharge, had warned Rajanna not to raise the issue of creation and it had died down.

The Siddaramaiah camp is now likely to raise the issue again with Rajanna, ‘a rebel’, leading from the front. Sources said the high command has taken note of the developments and is likely to issue one more round of warning to Rajanna.

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