Win polls first, CM candidate later: Surjewala tells Karnataka Congress factions

Surjewala warns against issuing statements on CM candidates in Karnataka

AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka Randeep Singh Surjewala on Monday warned Congress leaders in the state against issuing statements on the party’s chief ministerial candidates for the 2023 assembly elections.

“I have noted with concern that certain individuals in the Congress party have recently become prone to issuing statements about leadership in the State or leadership post a Congress government formation. I take this opportunity to forewarn them to avoid such comments completely,” he said in a press statement on Monday. He said the central leadership and party MLAs will decide the CM candidate at an appropriate time. “All Congress leaders would fight the battle together in the interest of the public. Like Arjuna in Mahabharata, this should be our only goal,” he added. He mentioned the central Congress management and get together MLAs would resolve on the problem at an applicable time and all Congress leaders would battle the battle collectively in the curiosity of the general public. Mr. Surjewala’s assertion comes in the wake of some Congress leaders, together with MLA Zameer Ahmed Khan, describing Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah as the longer term Chief Minister.

Last Saturday, KPCC president D.K. Shivakumar had requested leaders of the get together to chorus from projecting a Chief Ministerial face of the get together for 2023. Both Mr. Shivakumar and Mr. Siddaramaiah are seen as main contenders for the highest put up.