Congress registered a comfortable win over the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recently concluded Karnataka assembly elections, securing 135 out of 224 seats.
Following the win, DK Shivakumar, the Karnataka Congress chief and former state CM Siddaramaiah are seen to be competing with each other for the post of the Chief Minister,
The attention is on the party's high command now to name the next CM after the newly elected MLAs met in Bengaluru on March 14, followed by a ''secret ballot" and in-person meetings with the two. Party chief Mallikarjun Kharge, who is in constant touch with the Gandhi Family is expected to declare the name of the next CM.
Regarding the selection of the next CM, a lot of discussions and deliberations are at play owing to the following reasons:
#EXCLUSIVE | "I will do hard work..that was the confidence madam Sonia had in me..I will go and meet both Sonia ji and Kharge ji. Individual is not important, party and country is important": @DKShivakumar— IndiaToday (@IndiaToday) May 15, 2023
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The Indian constitution does not mandate any procedure to be followed by the Governor in case the largest party fails to form a government. However, by convention, the Governor will invite the leader of the second-largest party (BJP) to form a government and prove its majority in the assembly, like in Goa (2019) and Manipur (2022).