K'taka LoP Siddaramiah summons Cong high command

K'taka LoP Siddaramiah summons Cong high command

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Bengaluru, Jan 13 : Leader of the opposition and former chief minister Siddaramaiah was summoned to Delhi by the high command to discuss his resignation as leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) and to select a new president to Congress’ divided state unit.

Siddaramaiah is expected to meet AICC president Sonia Gandhi and general secretary K C Venugopal on Tuesday to take a final call on the next president of the state unit. Though names of several Congress leaders had sprung up during the past month, former minister and Vokkaliga leader D K Shivakumar is the front-runner for the post, senior congress party leader said.

Meanwhile, speculations are that the high command will reject the resignation of Siddaramaiah as the party leadership is said to be keen on continuing him as CLP leader. Siddaramaiah too, according to sources, had floated names such as M B Patil, Eshwar Khandre and Krishna Byre Gowda for the coveted post. As high command was likely to pick a candidate backed by Siddaramaiah, Shivakumar had met the former chief minister recently seeking support for his elevation as KPCC president. (UNI)