New Delhi, May 16
Amid the race for the Karnataka chief minister's post, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday met party president Mallikarjun Kharge and discussed government formation in the southern state.
Gandhi drove to Kharge's residence and held a closed-door meeting with the Congress chief for almost an hour and a half. Congress general secretary Randeep Surjewala, who is in charge of the party's affairs in Karnataka, and AICC general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal were also present at the meeting.
Kharge earlier held discussions with party leaders from Karnataka and the three observers appointed by him to oversee the Congress Legislature Party meeting held in Bengaluru on Sunday.
The observers had sought the opinion of all newly-elected MLAs and also held a 'secret ballot' on their choice for chief minister. The observers discussed the findings of their report after speaking to the party MLAs in Karnataka and handed it over to Kharge on Monday night.
Both Siddaramaiah and state Congress president DK Shivakumar are frontrunners for the chief minister's post and both are lobbying for it.
While former chief minister Siddaramaiah is in Delhi, Shivakumar arrived in the national capital on Tuesday afternoon. After arriving at the Delhi airport, he did not speak to the media and walked away with folded hands parrying a barrage of questions from reporters.
Shivakumar had earlier cancelled his visit to the national capital on Monday evening citing health issues, fuelling speculation that all is not well in the party.
Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar will hold discussions with party chief Kharge, as well as with other senior leaders over government formation in Karnataka. Both leaders are also expected to meet former party chief Rahul Gandhi.
Sources said former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi would also be consulted over the choice of chief minister and government formation in Karnataka.
Most Read In 24 Hours
Don't MissView All
Premises connected to news portal’s journalists raided; 46 s...
Prime Minister accuses BRS dispensation of ‘looting’ funds m...
57% of loans AAP govt raised used on repaying interest on earlier loans, Bhagwant Mann tells governor
This is the gist of the letter sent by CM to Banwarilal Puro...
Also said that it's important for Canada to have diplomats o...
Petitioner contended that the nature of information sought i...