DK Shivakumar gets nod for swearing in as KPCC president

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Putting an end to the raging political controversy, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Karnataka has on Thursday (June 11) given its nod for a semi-virtual function for the coronation of DK Shivakumar as the state Congress chief.  

Putting an end to the raging political controversy, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Karnataka has on Thursday (June 11) given its nod for a semi-virtual function for the coronation of DK Shivakumar as the state Congress chief.  

The event is proposed to be held at Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) headquarters in Queen's road in Bengaluru with around 150 people and then broadcasted in different party offices in state, according to a News Minute report.

Thanking Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa over the decision, Shivakumar said that he would announce the new date for the swearing-in in consultation with his party.

“I am a responsible person, I have written to the Chief Minister regarding the event. I will follow all the guidelines correctly as per the government,” he told the media adding that it will truly be a workers’ swearing-in ceremony.

A former minister and the MLA from Kanakapura, Shivakumar was appointed KPCC president on March 11 replacing Dinesh Gundu Rao who resigned from the post following the dismal performance of the party in the Assembly bypolls held to 15 constituencies in November 2019.

Since then, the dates for the swearing-in-ceremony have had to be pushed back several times due to Covid-19 lockdown. Later when the lockdown was relaxed and a new date was fixed on June 14, the government denied permission, citing COVID-19 related guidelines that are in place.

The BJP government's initial denial had become a political controversy with several senior Congress party leaders coming out against it with the allegation that it was politically motivated.

Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah said that the chief minister had earlier given oral permission to Shivakumar to go ahead with the event, but a letter was sent the next day denying permission. "This is being done out of political malice," he said.

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