Will Siddaramaiah be able to win the Chamundeshwari seat? If he does not, can the Congress party deal with such a loss? These are the questions plaguing the Congress in Karnataka and the party does not want to take any risks.
On Thursday, Congress leaders from north Karnataka under the leadership of Badami MLA BB Chemmannakatti held a meeting with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, asking him to contest from two seats instead of one.
The Congress leaders requested Siddaramaiah to contest from Badami constituency along with Chamundeshwari in Mysuru.
â€śIf Siddaramaiah contests from Badami, then the Congress will get a boost in the northern part of Karnataka. Under the leadership of Siddaramaiah, the Congress can win more number of seats there. Hence, we are requesting Siddaramaiah to contest from Badami,â€ť Chemmannakatti said during the meeting.
Siddaramaiah told the leaders that he would convey their opinion to the party high command during his visit to New Delhi on Friday, where the central screening committee will finalise the first list of 150 candidates.
Sources in the Congress say that in the â€śdo or dieâ€ť election, Siddaramaiah cannot afford to lose.
Congress insiders say that Thursdayâ€™s meeting was orchestrated to ensure that Siddaramaiah does not appear to be losing confidence in winning the seat from Chamundeshwari.
â€śIf Siddaramaiah came out and announced that he would contest from two constituencies, then it would negate all the statements he has made in the past about being confident of winning the Chamundeshwari seat. Since the election campaign began, Siddaramaiah had also said that he would not contest from two constituencies. If he made the announcement, it would look hypocritical. But if a situation was created where leaders openly demanded that he contest from two seats, then it would look like he gave in to popular demand,â€ť the source added.