PM congratulates new Karna CM

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Sat, May 11, 2013 13:44 hrs

New Delhi, May 11 (IBNS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday congratulated K Siddaramaiah for being elected as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka.

"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," said the Prime Minister´s Office (PMO).

Ending all speculations, Congress Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) on Friday elected party leader Siddaramaiah as the next Chief Minister of Karnataka where the party stormed to power after scripting a significant victory in the Assembly polls on Wednesday.

All the elected MLAs chose Siddaramaiah as the Congress legislature party leader via secret ballot on Friday.

The prominent backward caste leader, who enjoys a huge support base in the south Indian state, will be sworn in on Monday, reports said.

Pertinently, Siddaramaiah had a straight fight with Union Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge for the post.

Siddaramaiah, who joined the Congress in 2006, was earlier with the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S).

The Congress swept Karnataka Assembly polls on Wednesday by winning 121 seats in the 225-seat Assembly riding roughshod over the ruling BJP in the south Indian state where the saffron brigade had captured power for the first time five years ago but failed to put up a cohesive front owing to a split over its ousted former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa and corruption charges against him.

The JD-S and the BJP were almost neck and neck grabbing 40 seats each.

Other parties and Independents grabbed 16 seats.

A total of 223 seats went to polls in the 225-member Karnataka Assembly on Sunday. In one seat the polling was postponed. One member is nominated.

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