Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday congratulated Siddaramaiah on his election as Chief Minister of Karnataka.

The Prime Minister also wished him “well for the future.”

Mr. Siddaramaiah was on Friday elected as the leader of the Congress Legislative Party in the state.

“Prime Minister Manmohan Singh talked to Siddaramaiah to congratulate him on his election as the Chief Minister of Karnataka and to wish him well for the future,” the PMO said.

The Congress picked Mr. Siddaramaiah to be the new chief minister after a secret poll of its legislators.

He edged out party veteran and Union Labour Minister M Mallikarjuna Kharge in a hotly-contested race.

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