Siddaramaiah will continue to serve as the opposition leader in the Karnataka Assembly and chairman of the Congress Legislative Party.
NEWS POLITICS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020 – 15:16
After months of delay, the All India Congress Committee finally announced on Wednesday that former Water Resources Minister DK Shivakumar will lead the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee. After several months of intensive lobbying, the announcement of the high command comes at a time when the party is on a shaky wicket as it has suffered a major setback in Madhya Pradesh. With Jyotiraditya Scindia joining the BJP, it has become essential for Congress to ensure that other leaders like DK Shivakumar do not leave.
In the meantime, Siddaramaiah will continue to serve as the opposition leader in the Karnataka Assembly and chairman of the Congress Legislative Party. Legislators Eshwar Khandre, Satish Jarkiholi and Saleem Ahammed have been appointed KPCC Labor Presidents. All three party members are close associates of Siddaramaiah.
The party has also appointed MLC Narayanaswamy, a close associate of DK Shivakumar, as Chief Whip in the Karnataka Legislative Council. The Congress MLA of Jewargi Ajay Singh, son of former Chief Minister Dharam Singh, has been appointed Chief Whip in the Assembly.