Congress’ big Telangana win leaves “no consensus” on the new chief minister.

There is a lack of consensus within the Congress regarding the next Chief Minister of Telangana, as reported by sources to NDTV on Monday afternoon in New Delhi, 24 hours after the party’s victory over K Chandrasekhar Rao’s BRS. Despite Revanth Reddy, the state unit boss, being a likely candidate for the top post due to his credited role in orchestrating the success, his critics within the party have raised concerns about his potential appointment.

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Although some sources indicate that Mr. Reddy is the first choice, with a decision to be made based on the observers’ report, others suggest that the swearing-in ceremony, initially planned for the evening, has been postponed until the Chief Minister decision is finalized. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is expected to announce the name after consulting with the party’s election observers, including Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar, who are scheduled to arrive in Delhi on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the newly-elected MLAs in Hyderabad resulted in a resolution authorizing Mr. Kharge to select the new Chief Minister. Other potential candidates for the position include Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, a Dalit leader, and Uttam Kumar Reddy, a seven-time MLA and ex-Air Force pilot. The Congress, despite facing setbacks in other states, secured consolation by winning 64 seats in Telangana, four more than the majority mark, while the BJP, with eight seats, increased its vote share significantly from 6.98% to nearly 14%.

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