Karnataka Deputy CM DK Shivakumar on Tuesday reacted to his cabinet colleague MB Patil's statement that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will remain on the CM post for full-fledged 5 years as there was no word from Congress high command on power-sharing.
Shivakumar rejected Patil's claim saying AICC is there to look into the party issues.
"Let anyone say anything. I will not talk about that. AICC is there to look after power and other party issues. There are national leaders of the Congress. Our priority is only for all-round development of the state," said the Karnataka Deputy CM.
What MB Patil said
Patil on Monday claimed that Siddaramaiah will be the CM for five years. "If there was a power-sharing agreement, senior leaders would have informed. There is no proposal like that. If there was such a proposal, KC Venugopal or AICC general secretary would have informed," he said.
Post Karnataka results DK Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah were adamant to become chief minister in Karnataka. There was speculation that Shivakumar was upset with the Congress high command as they initially gave preference to Siddaramaiah over him. It took almost a week and over dozens of meetings to convince Shivakumar to take charge as deputy chief minister. However, there was no clarity that what were the conditions of the deal between the two rivals in the Karnataka Congress.
(With ANI input)