Former Union minister and senior Congress leader C K Jaffer Sharief urged the party High Command to appoint Mallikarjun Kharge as the chief minister of Karnataka, as the party is losing popularity under CM Siddaramaiah in the state.
“The Congress performed so well in Karnataka during the previous Assembly elections. However, it is no more the same now. There has to be a leadership change in view of the changing circumstance. When someone from a different party can join Congress and become the CM, why traditional Congress leaders cannot be given an opportunity? There are other deserving candidates like Kharge and G Parameshwara,” he said.Sharief said a leadership change was necessitated in Karnataka in view of the political uncertainty. “I am fully aware of the consequences of my statements. But I am not scared. The party is left with no option other than appointing Kharge as the CM to save the image of Congress,” he added.

A vocal critic of Siddaramaiah, Sharief has time and again criticized the CM for handling issues poorly. “The CM’s post is nobody’s asset and it belongs to the party. We should be ready for any sacrifice for the welfare of the party,” Sharief contended.