K’taka Polls: Mallikarjun Kharge says Dalit CM issue raked up to create differences in Congress, blames media

Bengaluru: Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday blamed the media for raking up the issue Dalit Chief Minister in Karnataka where assembly poll results will be declared on Tuesday.
His remarks came a day after Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that he was willing to sacrifice his post if the party decides to put a Dalit leader in his chair.
“This issue has been created in media to create differences between us. We are clear that high command will decide on it. It’s just a matter of 12 hours,” Kharge said.
Polling in the southern state was held on Saturday and the results will be declared on Tuesday. A 72.36 % voter turnout was recorded in the high-stakes election.
Voting was held in 222 out of 224 seats in a three-cornered contest among the ruling Congress, the BJP and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s JD(S).
Over 2,600 candidates are in the fray– more than 2400 men and over 200 women. There are a total of 5,06,90,538, voters of whom 2,56,75,579 male voters, 2,50,09,904 female and 5,055 transgender voters.
Most exit polls for the Karnataka Assembly elections forecast a hung assembly but gave the saffron party an edge with a possibility of the JD(S) emerging as the kingmaker.