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The News Minute | June 6, 2014 | 11.36 am IST The tussle of power between Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee G Parameshwara has taken a new turn. After being on the receiving end until now, in the current bout, the Chief Minister appears to be having the upper hand.  Siddaramaiah and Parameshwara have been locked into a Tom-and-Jerry style cat-and-mouse game, trying to gain the upper hand as a political leader in the state. Parameshwara has reportedly tried to unseat Siddaramaiah in the past. He has also often said that he wants to be appointed as Deputy Chief Minister and is now keen on a seat in the Legislative Council.  Since Parameshwara and Siddaramaiah have always had an uneasy relationship, Siddaramaiah is reportedly not keen to work with him. So how do you deal with an impasse like this? According to sources, in a bid to seek a solution to the impasse, Siddaramaiah has reportedly suggested to the Congress high command that Parameshwara be given a Rajya Sabha nomination. Elections to four Rajya Sabha seats will be held in the state in a few weeks. If Parameshwara is elected to the Raja Sabha, this would give Siddaramaiah a free rein in Karnataka. Siddaramaiah, the eternal outsider? Even before the Lok Sabha elections, the position of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah within his own party was shaky. When the Lok Sabha election results were out, the Congress had added just two more seats to its tally over the previous year.  Factions within the party also contributed significantly to the Congress’ poor showing at the hustings, but the results were also being seen as a failure on Siddaramaiah’s part. Even more so, considering that he led the party to victory in the state in 2013. Always perceived as an outsider by the old-time Congress leaders (Siddaramaiah was with the Janata Dal (Secular) for several years before he joined the Congress), there was a lot of discontent when he was appointed Chief Minister, passing up other strong leaders such as G Parameshwara and Mallikarjun Kharge.
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