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It has not yet been decided where to participate in the 2023 assembly polls: Ex-Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah | India News

BENGALURU: Making it clear that he will participate in the 2023 assembly elections, Congress leader and former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said on Wednesday that a decision on the constituency has yet to be made, amid speculation. that he could opt for Chamarajpet in the city.
It has been speculated within party circles for some time that the opposition leader, representing Badami in northern Karnataka, may return to his homeland in the ancient Mysuru region or somewhere in Bengaluru for the upcoming elections.
His loyal and Chamarajpet lawmaker, BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan, has even offered to vacate the constituency for the Congressional Legislature Party leader.
“There are still about two years left until the election, I am now MLA from the Badami constituency … I have never said that I will compete since Chamarajpet … Did I say that I will compete (from Chamarajpet)?” Siddaramaiah asked in response. to a question.
Speaking to reporters here, he said that Zameer Ahmed Khan has been asking him to appear in his constituency out of goodwill.
“I have not decided yet … I will go to MLA constituencies, whoever invites me. I have been to Hebbal, Pulakeshinagar and Basavanagudi constituencies as well, also Kolar,” he said, when a reporter pointed out that this was his fourth visit to the Chamarajpet constituency in recent times.
Even as Siddaramaiah was answering the question of whether he will compete from Chamarajpet, Khan intervened and said: “It is my wish that he contest.”
The Chamarajpet segment has a sizeable minority population.
Siddaramaiah has already announced that he will not compete again from the Chamundeshwari assembly constituency in Mysuru, where he had tasted defeat during the May 2018 assembly elections.
Siddaramaiah, the then acting chief minister, had lost in Chamundeshwari to JD (S) GT Deve Gowda by a margin of more than 36,042 votes. However, he won Badami, the other constituency from which he had contested.
Upon making his Assembly debut in 1983, Siddaramaiah had been elected from Chamundeshwari on a Lok Dal Party ballot.
He has won five times in this district and tasted defeat three times.
After neighboring Varuna became a constituency in 2008 after delineation, Siddaramaiah represented it until he vacated the seat of his son, Dr. Yatindra, in the 2018 assembly elections last year and returned. to his old constituency of Chamundeshwari.
Before the May 2018 assembly elections, Siddaramaiah had said that it would “most likely” be his last election.
Earlier, also during the 2013 assembly elections, he had said that it was his last election and became prime minister after the elections.
It’s no secret that Siddaramaiah is fueling his ambition to become prime minister for a second term if the party wins the next assembly elections in 2023, and his loyalists like Khan have already started to openly pitch him as the next CM candidate.
This could hamper the ambitions of the President of the State Congress, DK Shivakumar, as he, too, is said to be intending to become the Chief Minister, and some of his loyalists are also already favoring him for the coveted position.

Times of India