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Congress leaders start eyeing CM's chair

Shekhar Iyer, Hindustan Times  Tumkur, May 04, 2013
First Published: 01:21 IST(4/5/2013) | Last Updated: 02:24 IST(4/5/2013)

As campaigning ends, two names from Congress -- party chief G Parameshwar and S Siddaramaiah -- are already in the race for the Karnataka CM's post. Besides them, Union ministers Malikarjun Kharge and Veerappa Moily names are also in the mix.

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When he filed the nomination from Koratagere (Tumkur), Parameshwar - a favourite of the party brass- said, "The decision of electing the CM will be taken by the high command..." But at meetings, he was more candid. "Koratagere could become CM's constituency."

In Varuna, Siddaramaiah, seeking a second term, has admitted he's an aspirant for the CM's post but he has a tough battle to face. His opponent is rebel BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa's key aide KP Siddalingaswami, a Lingayat strongman. The JD(S) too is fielding Cheluvaraj, to take away Vokkalinga votes.

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