Bengaluru: Coalition’s Coordination committee chairman Siddaramaiah summoned former minister N. Cheluvarayaswamy to his official residence here on Thursday night and advised him against making any statement either against the Chief Minister or the coalition government in the state.
Earlier on Thursday, Mr Cheluvarayaswamy had blasted Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and advised him to "mend his ways" or face the consequences, drawing much criticism from JD(S) leaders, who were already unhappy with him for not campaigning for their candidate for Mandya, Nikhil Kumaraswamy and allegedly backing his rival, Sumalatha Ambareesh, an independent.
On being summoned by Mr Siddaramaiah, the former minister was told that of late a number of Congress leaders were issuing statements against the coalition government and Mr Kumaraswamy, forgetting that it had been formed on the wishes of Congress president, Rahul Gandhi. Stressing that making such statements was tantamount to showing disrespect to their own government, he warned that Congressmen, who continued to make them, would invite disciplinary action.
When Mr Cheluvarayaswamy complained that the elections to the Mandya Milk Producers Union had not been held so far as a majority of its directors belonged to the Congress and Congress leaders were being harassed by the JD(S) in the district, Mr Siddaramaiah offered to discuss these problems at the coordination committee meeting and sort them out amicably.
Meanwhile, Tumakuru MP, Muddahanumegowda and minister Venkataramanappa also met Mr Siddaramaiah to discuss the political situation in Tumakuru district.
The MP is said to have pleaded for a suitable post in the party for giving up his seat to JD(S) supremo, H D Deve Gowda these Lok Sabha polls....