Bengaluru: Former CM and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah who is in Delhi on a 'personal' visit, is expected to meet Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday.
Sources close to Mr Siddaramaiah told Deccan Chronicle that he arrived in Delhi on Monday on a visit and spent a day meeting his friends. So far, he has not been able to meet Mr Gandhi who is busy in the Lok Sabha proceedings. The Congress chief is expected to be briefed by Mr Siddaramaiah about the current developments in Karnataka politics including the moves of dissatisfied senior Congress legislators who have launched the banner of revolt against state leaders.
While seven-time MLA R Ramalinga Reddy has slammed state leaders for pampering freshers at the cost of seniors, another former minister R Roshan Baig had blasted AICC General Secretary K.C. Venugopal, KPCC President Dinesh Gundurao and Mr Siddaramaiah himself for their inept handling of party affairs in Karnataka. Many senior legislators have been targeting Mr Siddaramaiah for allegedly creating a division in the party by building a coterie around him.
Sources said Mr Gandhi may ask Mr Siddaramaiah to explain the sudden dissidence in Karnataka and also the reasons for the poll debacle. The meeting has gained importance especially after former PM and JD(S) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda met Mr Gandhi and reportedly told him that his party may severe its ties with the Congress if the 'pinpricks' from Congress netas do not stop.
A section of Congress leaders has been issuing statements against the coalition government claiming the tie-up with JD(S) will do no good to their party. This had reportedly hurt CM H.D. Kumaraswamy who had conveyed his feelings to his father....