BANGALORE: Siddaramaiah’s election as leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) was announced after central observers informed Congress president Sonia Gandhi of the legislators’ opinion.
“The election was democratic . The opinion of all legislators was taken and discussed with Sonia Gandhi. After her approval, I have been unanimously elected CLP leader,” Siddaramaiah said.
One report suggested that Siddaramaiah secured 80 votes out of 121. The rest were bagged by Union minister Mallikarjun Kharge. The manner in which the election was conducted suggested that the high command was in a hurry to complete the formalities. Sonia appointed the observers a day after the poll results were announced on May 8.
The crowd in front of the KPCC office got a clear indication of the result much before the formal announcement , as Kharge left around 3.20pm, declining to comment on the developments.
KPCC chief G Parameshwara and Mistry met governor HR Bhardwaj and staked claim to form a ministry.