Mysuru: Amid speculation that he was planning to desert the Congress and join the BJP following his defeat in the recent Assembly polls, former PWD minister Dr H.C. Mahadevappa, who was considered pretty close to former CM Siddaramaiah, said he would not quit the Congress at any cost.
"Even my dead body will not go to the BJP," said the former MLA who lost the poll in T Narsipur. "We had not expected to lose as Siddaramaiah and the Congress had given good developmental programmes and five years of stable governance," he said. He also rubbished reports of differences between him and Siddaramaiah.
Setting at rest speculation that he was planning to quit the Congress and join the Bharatiya Janata Party, former public works minister H.C. Mahadevappa on Thursday asserted that he would not quit the Congress at any cost.
“Even my dead body will not go to the BJP,” he said while speaking to mediapersons here on Thursday. “I have come to politics with a principle. I began my politics in the Congress and it will end in the Congress,” he said.
He blamed caste politics for his defeat in T Narsipur in the assembly elections and said, “It took one and a half months for me to come out of the shock. We had not expected this as Mr Siddaramaiah and the Congress had given good developmental programmes and five years of stable governance.
There was no anti incumbency too. I was very upset. More than my defeat, it is the defeat of the party which has pushed me into shock. I had been to a nature cure centre and was resolving my health issues in the past one and a half months. There are no differences between me and Mr Siddaramaiah, neither he nor I have made any such statements,” Dr Mahadevappa said....