Congress workers put CM Siddaramaiah on mat
Bengaluru: It was not just the demand for posts and power by loyal Congress workers but a slew of complaints against ministers that dominated the proceedings on the inaugural day of the two-day executive of KPCC here on Saturday.
Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and KPCC president Dr G. Parameshwar were witness to some plain speaking by workers who were irked because they were disregarded by senior leaders. “The government is yet to take off in the real sense. If party workers are ignored, the government may even crumble on its own within the next six months,” warned a woman worker.
This led to a fracas between Mr Siddaramaiah’s camp followers and others with the Chief Minister intervening to point out that some workers were overstepping their limits. Mr Digvijay Singh too intervened to stop the speakers from making “provocative statements”.
The workers, however, were unrelenting and demanded that ministers who do not visit districts must be dropped from the cabinet. Mr Siddaramaiah, who cancelled his visit to Mysore to attend the meeting, was told by some speakers to offer the post of deputy CM to Dr Parameshwar in an act of magnanimity.