Karnataka CM decision: Will have a new cabinet in next 48-72 hours, says Randeep Surjewala
New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Randeep Surjewala on Wednesday said that a decision on the next Karnataka chief minister will be announced today or tomorrow and a new cabinet will be in place within 72 hours.
He also dismissed speculative reports that Siddaramaiah was likely to be named the chief minister once again.
"Delibrations are currently underway by party president Mallikarjun Kharge. Whenever Congress makes a decision we will inform you. In the next 48-72 hours, we will have a new cabinet in Karnataka," he told reporters here.
The Congress leader said that consultations are still on and urged the media to not report on speculation or heed to fake information.
Four days since Congress registered an emphatic victory in the Assembly polls by wresting power from the Bharatiya Janata Party, still, the State is yet to get a Chief Minister. Meanwhile, supporters of Siddaramaiah were seen bursting firecrackers in Bengaluru. Also, police officials were seen inspecting the Sri Kanteerava Outdoor Stadium in Bengaluru where the swearing-in ceremony of the new Karnataka government is likely to be held.
Besides this, Karnataka Congress working president Eshwar Khandare and other MLAs arrived at the party president Mallikarjun Kharge's residence in the national capital for meetings in connection with picking the next chief minister of the State.
Khandare had asserted that the suspense over the decision of the next Chief Minister of the State would likely end by this evening. "I met the party's national president Mallikarjun Kharge and discussed the recent developments in Karnataka...Only high command will decide, we are 100 per cent united. Decision maybe by today evening," Khandare had told reporters here. On Tuesday, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge held meetings with both potential candidates D K Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah in New Delhi.