Siddaramaiah, who had joined Congress from JD(S) six years and was a deputy chief minister under Dharam Singh, was projected by the party as an “unanmimous choice” but there were enough indications that the choice was not easy. The legislators were asked to give their choice in writing, party sources said.
With the fight getting tougher between the two aspirants, the AICC team first chose to elicit individual opinion. Siddaramaiah moved a resolution requesting that the choice of CLP leader be left to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
However, the team asked the legislators to express their choice, in a secret ballot. Kharge, who was a serious contender, was seen leaving the KPCC office soon before the announcement.