Top leaders of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) are regular to carry a meeting on Monday to debate possible candidates for posts of state party president and opposition leader within the legislative assembly.
DK Shivakumar, a frontrunner for either of the posts, told reporters that all India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary and Rajya Sabha opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and Karnataka in-charge KC Venugopal can arrive in Bengaluru on Monday to carry consultations with state leaders on potential candidates.
However, Shivakumar looked as if it would rule himself out of the reckoning for the opposition leader post, saying he wasn't keen on seeking a “government bungalow and a government car with a beacon on top” - standard protocol given to the opposition leader.
“I am pleased with my own home and am not inquisitive about lobbying for a government bungalow and car,” he said. “Let people who have an interest in it push for it.” Asked if he would take the position if the party high command insists, Shivakumar said: “Seniors can decide on the difficulty.” The Congress, that is making an attempt to revive itself across the country, has the choice of persisting with the old guard as party president or infusing fresh blood.
Party sources say former chief minister and Congress legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah is predicted to retain the post of the opposition leader to marshal the charge against the ruling BJP and additionally keep the JD(S) in restraint within the assembly, whereas the race for party president is wide open. Shivakumar and Mallikarjun M Kharge seem frontrunners.