Congress leader Rahul Gandhi met with Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday, amid a race for the position of chief minister of Karnataka. It is said that they discussed the formation of a government in the southern state.
Kharge and Gandhi had a private meeting behind closed doors at Kharge’s house.
The meeting was also attended by Congress General Secretary Randeep Surjewala, who is in-charge of the party’s affairs in Karnataka. In order to oversee the Congress Legislature Party meeting in Bengaluru on Sunday, Kharge has conducted talks with the three observers he appointed as well as party leaders from Karnataka.
As front-runners for the position of chief minister, Siddaramaiah and state Congress president D K Shivakumar are actively lobbying for it.
Siddaramaiah, the former chief minister, is currently in Delhi, but Shivakumar postponed his trip there on Monday evening due to health reasons, stoking rumours that things are not going well within the party. Shivakumar arrived in the national capital Tuesday afternoon.
He avoided speaking to the media after landing at the Delhi airport and walked away while keeping his hands folded in response to a barrage of questions from reporters. The establishment of the government in Karnataka will be discussed by Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar.
The Congress won 135 seats in the recently-concluded Assembly elections, sweeping off the incumbent BJP and the Janata Dal (Secular), led by former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, who won 66 and 19 seats, respectively.
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