Congress Legislature Party authorises party chief Mallikarjun Kharge to pick Karnataka CM

After registering a thumping win in Karnataka, the acid test for Congress now would be picking the chief minister with both state chief DK Shivakumar and senior leader Siddaramaiah eyeing the spot.

A team of observers appointed by Congress met the newly-elected Karnataka MLAs on Sunday to get their vote on who should get the top spot.

The team will head to Delhi at 10 am and hold discussions with the national leadership, which includes Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and Rahul Gandhi.

With the lobbying for the Chief Minister set to shift to Delhi, both Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah are also expected in the national capital later today to meet the party’s leadership.

According to sources, both the leaders though have been asked to wait and only come to Delhi if called by the party.

“Still haven’t decided whether to go or not,” Shivakumar told reporters when asked if he would visit Delhi today.

The decision will finally be taken by Kharge, the party announced after the meeting of its Karnataka MLAs yesterday evening.

Congress General Secretaries Sushil Kumar Shinde, Deepak Babaria, and Jitendra Singh Alwar were the observers at the meeting.