Mysuru: While maintaining that the coming state elections would be his last, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah declared here on Monday that he would be Chief Minister again.
Addressing a party convention in his Chamundeshwari constituency in Mysuru taluk, Mr Siddaramaiah said, “This will be my last election and I will become Chief Minister again. I will complete all the remaining work in the constituency. You elected me when I faced a tough battle in the 2006 by-election and I am sure you will elect me in the coming assembly poll. I never forget those who support me.”
Responding to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s charge that his was a “10 per cent government” that took commissions for all projects awarded, the Chief Minister asserted, “I will not be in politics even for a moment if the Bharatiya Janata Party proves its allegation. If at all there has been any government that has been scam and corruption- free, it is ours. The BJP is making such baseless allegations out of jealousy as the surveys have indicated the victory of the Congress in the next assembly elections. But no matter what it does, the Congress party will come to power cent per cent in the next assembly elections.”
Also, taking on the Janata Dal (Secular), Mr Siddaramaiah said that no matter how many Kumara parva conventions it held, the party would not win more than 25 seats in the coming assembly elections in the state.
“It can never come to power on its own,” he asserted. Later, the Chief Minister participated in a programme held in memory of late Minister H.S. Mahadevaprasad and released a book on his life, “Mahaprasada.”
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said, “I don’t believe in fate (hane baraha) or deeds of past incarnation (paapa karma). I am now 70 years and six months old. I am a follower of Basavanna and I shall survive for 100 years.”...