Bangalore, May 6 (): Chidambaram, the Finance Minister is likely to get nominated from Karnataka to Rajya Sabha.
Karnataka Congress is divided over this move by the high command. Chidambaram opted out of the Lok Sabha polls and fielded his son Karti Chidambaram from his constituency. Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah is game to this move to nominate Chidambaram. Karti Chidambaram stood in his father’s constituency Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu. The going is tough since Congress is fighting the election without any ally in Tamil Nadu.
Coming June 25, Karnataka’s four Rajya Sabha members will retire as their term ends. S M Krishna, ex-CM and former Foreign Minister is one among them. Already many names have cropped up and Siddaramaiah and the party high command will decide.
The ruling Congress can nominate two candidates but the party hopes to get JD(s) on board to help a third candidate sail through. Talks are on with JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy. 46 votes are needed to elect one RS member and it has 122 MLAs.
For the third Congress candidate, it will need 27 more votes. SM Krishna is on the list of those who will be re-nominated. Hariprasad B K is another MP who will be re-nominated.
Senior Congress leaders from Karnataka say that high command has been involved with LS polls and much will depend on poll outcome in the State.
JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy has 40 MLAs and it needs 6 more to elect a RS MP. JD(S) says that Congress should back their candidate instead of trying to keep all three for themselves. Siddaramaiah had met Governor HR Bhardwaj to nominate Congress candidates to all the five seats falling vacant in the Legislative Council.
BJP leader and ex-FM Yashwant Sinha said P. Chidambaram would have to take a second birth to equal his achievements in the previous NDA ministry. Sinha said that Chidambaram manipulated and committed frauds to keep GDP at 4 %.
He indulged in a mindless act by cutting planned expenditure by Rs. 80,000 crore. Oil companies were given Rs. 60,000 crore which amounts to terrorism in the financial sphere. Sinha said a new ministry will find it hard to govern as the economy is in shambles.