‘If Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah don’t fight till 2024, they will deserve Nobel Peace Prize’: TN BJP chief
AICC general secretary and six-time MLA Dinesh Gundu Raowa was among those who didn’t hide their frustration, saying he expected the first list to have his name. “In 2019 I resigned as CCP president, bears moral responsibility for the defection of 15 MLAs. Not that I was incapable of performing my duties; it was because the defections took place under my supervision. I’m sure the high command will remember my contributions. He said he was given to understand that only eight names for the cabinet could be finalized in the small window between deciding who would be CM and Saturday’s swearing-in.
Like him, Bhadravathi MLA BK Sangameshwar sought ‘recognition’ for his contributions to the party. “I am a four-time MLA and, after former speaker Kagodu Thimappa, I hold the record of being elected the most times by Shivamogga. I urge Siddaramaiah, Shivakumar and the party leadership to recognize me,” he said.
Sangameshwar tried to “remind” the party leadership that he was among the first lawmakers in 2008 and 2018 to be allegedly lured by the BJP, but he did not budge.
Shivakumar was tight-lipped about who would be brought in or when the cabinet would be expanded. “It will happen soon,” he said. He said it “didn’t make sense” for people to queue in front of his and Siddaramaiah’s homes looking for beds.