As Siddaramaiah calls shots, Congress brass in huddle to renew coalition

The Congress is still trying to work out a solution to save its government in Karnataka as differences between senior party leader Siddaramaiah and Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy have widened on who will lead the coalition in the southern state.

Most of the Congress rebels are Siddaramaiah loyalists, but Kumaraswamy has put his foot down against making him the Chief Minister.

Congress leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, a key negotiator, Ahmad Patel, Deepender Hooda, Motilal Vora, P. Chidambaram, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jitendra Singh, Mukul Wasnik and others held a long meeting in the national capital on Monday to work out a compromise formula.

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