10 CM aspirants in Karnataka Cong, am one of them, says Parameshwara

Throwing his hat into the ring, senior Congress leader G Parameshwara acknowledged on Thursday that he is among the Chief Ministerial aspirants in the event of the party coming to power after the Assembly elections in Karnataka, slated in April-May. The five-time MLA maintained that the party high command will decide on the next CM after the party wins the election, and said, given an opportunity he is ready. Already, state Congress President D K Shivakumar and legislature party leader Siddaramaiah are nursing Chief Ministerial ambitions in the event of Congress coming to power and are quite vocal on their aspirations, resulting in political one upmanship between the two in the party. ”We don’t appoint Chief Minister on the basis of one’s caste; whoever is capable in the given situation, whoever has the capability to fulfill the party’s mission and its principles, based on that, the CM will be chosen, not on the basis of whether someone is a dalit or from other caste,” Parameshwara said responding to a question on possibility of a Dalit Chief Minister if Congress comes to power.