‘Naming a chief ministerial candidate before polls is wrong’

Siddaramaiah, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, has taken exception to the BJP declaring Jagadish Shettar as its chief ministerial candidate if it comes to power. He said that it was not appropriate to project any person before the elections and termed it an anti-democratic move.

Speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday, Mr. Siddaramaiah said that the selection of the Chief Minister was the collective responsibility of all the legislators of a party that secures a majority in the Assembly. In the Congress, legislators would decide who should be the Chief Minister. The BJP had committed a blunder by announcing that Mr. Shettar would be the next Chief Minister, he said.

The chances of the BJP returning to power in the State were remote. It was funny that a party struggling to retain at least 40 to 50 seats in the Assembly was projecting a person as its chief ministerial candidate, Mr. Siddaramaiah said.

To a question, he said that he had not declared that he would be the Chief Minister if the Congress came to power. It was up to party legislators and the high command to decide who should be the Chief Minister. Shamanur Shivashankarappa, veteran Congress leader here, might also stake a claim for the Chief Minister’s post and there was nothing wrong in that, he said.

Mr. Siddaramaiah said that he was confident about the Congress securing not less than 135 seats and forming the government on its own. People were fed up with the misrule of the BJP. The Janata Dal (Secular), which had a presence in five districts, might secure a few seats. Therefore, it was certain that the Congress would come to power, he said.

  • ‘Selection of Chief Minister is the collective responsibility of party legislators’

  • ‘Chances of BJP returning to power in the State are remote’