New Delhi: Congress named senior leader Siddaramaiah to be the next Chief Minister of Karnataka and DK Shivakumar to be his deputy after a whopping victory in the Assembly Polls. While there was a lot of speculation about the name of the CM and a tussle between the two, DK Shivakumar in his first reaction kept party first.
Talking to the news agency ANI, DK Shivakumar said that they should be happy after people gave them such a big mandate, and fulfilling the promises are their main agenda. While there was speculation on Shivakumar being upset with the decision, he made it clear that he is not upset being the Deputy CM. The Congress leader said, “Why should I be upset?” He added that there is a long way to go.
#WATCH | Delhi: After being named the #Karnataka Deputy CM-designate DK Shivakumar says, “When people have given such a big mandate, we should definitely be happy and deliver and fulfill the promises. That is our main motto, agenda.”
“Why should I be upset? There is a long way… pic.twitter.com/IsievsFPfb
— ANI (@ANI) May 18, 2023
Earlier, as Congress General Secretary made the announcement, Shivakumar said that Rahul Gandhi and party chief Mallikarjun Kharge said that they have to work together and he accepted it.
Shivakumar will continue to be the Congress President for Karnataka till the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The party announced that Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar will take their oaths on May 20 at Bengaluru’s Sree Kanteerava Stadium.
Karnataka’s secure future and our peoples welfare is our top priority, and we are united in guaranteeing that. pic.twitter.com/sNROprdn5H
— DK Shivakumar (@DKShivakumar) May 18, 2023
There were a lot of deliberation and discussions and finally, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge decided to make Siddaramaiah the CM. Congress has seen an ugly situation between Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot and the party tried its best to avoid that in Karnataka.
In the elections held on May 10, Congress won 135 seats out of the 224 seats in the Karnataka Assembly. The ruling party, BJP, got 66 seats while the Janata Dal (Secular) bagged 19 seats.