After collapse of 14-month-old Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka, the Congress being pushed to opposition is now witnessing an intense internal fight over claims over the Leader of Opposition post in the state Assembly.
Senior party leaders Siddaramaiah, G Parameshwara and DK Shivakumar are being front runners for the post, are playing their cards with central leaders in this regard. Siddaramaiah, as Chief Minister has completed a full term of five years and has a good name among the people of the state and now party’s leader in the assembly, naturally claiming for this coveted position.
But, on the other side former Deputy Chief Minister Parameshwara and party’s trouble shooter DK Shivakumar are too in race for the post. However, surprisingly former speaker KR Ramesh Kumar name is also surfacing for the post. Already Congress high-command has received feedback from Congress legislators that Siddaramaiah’s unilateral attitude was responsible for the collapse of coalition government. Having impressed with the conduct of the assembly proceedings during period of political crisis, Congress high-command is said to be of the view that Ramesh Kumar alone can check BJP’s highhanded attitude.
While Karnataka Congress is gearing up to fight by-polls if all disqualified MLAs fail to get their post in the Supreme Court, on the other side all three senior Congress leaders are trying all their options to get the post of Leader of Opposition.
In the last meeting of the party, all state congress leaders including Veerappa Moily, Parameshwara, Dinesh Gundu Rao, Rahman Khan, Siddaramaiah, KH Muniyappa, HK Patil, DK Shivakumar, HC Mahadevappa, Ramalinga Reddy participated and gave their opinion for Opposition leader’s post.
Most of the leaders of the party want Siddaramaiah as the Leader of Opposition as he is strong and hails knowledge of finance and other issues of the state. Shivakumar is indirectly focusing to be the opposition leader, while Parameshwara, who led the party at the time of two state legislative elections, is also very much keen to get the post, the party leader added.