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Karnataka CM Another YSR? | Delhi Durbar

Karnataka CM Another YSR?

Karnataka Chief Minister K Siddaramaiah | Photo: Karnataka Department of Information

Karnataka Chief Minister K Siddaramaiah | Photo: Karnataka Department of Information

Our sources tell us many Karnataka Congressmen have been trooping to 24, Akbar Road, the Congress Party headquarters, to complain about Karnataka CM K Siddaramaiah. They are worried that the CM, who joined the Congress from Janata Dal (Secular) as late as 2006, is too much of his own man.

They cite how the Karnataka government’s Independence Day advertisements in the Karnataka media did not feature photographs of any of the national leaders. The information department advertisements only carried photos of Mahatma Gandhi.

But what followed a fortnight later, when the government completed 100 days, gave some ammunition to Siddaramaiah’s detractors. The advertisements on that occasion only had Siddaramaiah’s photo along with the achievements of the government in the first hundred days. The ‘high command’, however, is yet to take the complaints seriously.

Siddaramaiah’s remains the Congress’s best bet if the party has to get a sizable number of the state’s 28 Lok Sabha seats. It will need to recover the seats it looks all set to lose in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, which provided crucial additions to the Congress in both 2004 and 2009 elections to enable it to form a government at the Centre. That was thanks to YS Rajasekhar Reddy, yet another regional satrap who seldom kowtowed to the ‘high command’.