Mysuru: The former chief minister and chairman of the coordination committee of the ruling coalition, Siddaramaiah, continued his slanging match with outgoing JD(S) president A.H. Vishwanath remarking that the former MP could not even handle the post of JD(S) State President for six months and has resigned.
“Why should I reply to the statements of such a person,” he asked while talking to reporters in Mysuru on Thursday. Mr Vishwanath had earlier claimed that both Mr Siddaramaiah and Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy had failed to take the JD(S)-Congress coalition government ahead.
Reacting to the political crisis in the state after the resignation of two Congress legislators from the Assembly, Siddaramaiah reiterated his view that the BJP was involved in Operation Kamala to destabilise the coalition government. “The government is as strong as a rock,” he asserted.
“It is true that the BJP is offering crores to both Congress and JD(S) MLAs to cross sides. Even Periyapatna MLA (K. Mahadev) has claimed that the BJP offered him Rs 30 crores. The BJP is trying to buy our MLAs by offering money but they have failed in their attempts," he said.
On Higher Education Minister Mr G.T. Devegowda's statement that BJP leaders had not indulged in Operation Kamala, he said, “I don't know about the information he has. I have not spoken to PM Narendra Modi or Mr Amit Shah (BJP National President). But I won't say that they are not involved in Operation Kamala,” he added....