Karnataka will have new CM in next 72 hours, says Congress

Congress workers distributing sweets to celebrate victory in Karnataka polls.

New Delhi: The Congress has stated that a decision about the state’s next chief minister is likely to be made on Wednesday or Thursday and that a new government will be in place within the following 48 to 72 hours, despite the significant speculation surrounding the candidate.

The opposition party asserted that Karnataka will have a five-year-long stable government and urged people not to believe in speculation and “fake news” which it alleged was being peddled by the BJP, PTI reported.

Addressing the media outside Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge’s 10 Rajaji Marg residence where hectic parleys are on to decide on the party’s chief ministerial pick with Siddaramaiah and D K Shivakumar being the top contenders for the post, AICC in-charge of state Randeep Surjewala said the party chief has been authorised to appoint the leader of the legislature party and that is why deliberations are underway.

Siddaramaiah’s supporters were spotted lighting firecrackers and giving sweets, but the Karnataka Chief Minister’s office remained vacant for the fourth day despite the Congress’s resounding victory in the assembly elections.

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