After much brainstorming in Karnataka, Congress's high command decided to make Siddaramaiah the next Chief Minister of the state. However, there was news that a two-and-a-half-year formula has been fixed between Siddaramaiah and his deputy DK Shivakumar for the post of CM.
Congress leader MB Patil, who was sworn in as the state's cabinet minister, has claimed that the formula for sharing power between the two has not been decided.
Patil said, "If there were a power-sharing formula between them, the high command would have made an announcement. Siddaramaiah will remain the chief minister for five years."
In fact, in the past, discussions and meetings were going on to decide on the name of the next Chief Minister of Karnataka.
It was reported that state Congress chief DK Shivakumar had agreed to a power-sharing deal with senior leader Siddaramaiah.
Earlier, several Congress sources claimed that the chief minister's post would be shared between Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar. Sources also claimed that DK Shivakumar had earlier demanded that he be given a tenure.
However, when Shivakumar was asked about it, he said, "now the focus is only on governance, people and country".
Formation of new government in Karnataka
Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar were in the race for the post of CM in Karnataka. Both the leaders took oath along with other ministers on May 20. During this time, there was a lot of opposition unity in the state.
The Congress won 135 of the 224 seats in the Karnataka assembly elections on May 10 with an absolute majority.