Bengaluru: Virtually ruling out a rapprochement with Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, rebel leader, V. Srinivas Prasad, on Monday declared that he had nothing to discuss with the Kuruba strongman.
A week after he was dropped from the ministry, an agitated Mr Prasad told the media: “I do not think any relationship exists between us. So, neither will I miss him in any manner, nor will he in future.”
In response to a question, the former revenue minister said he would, however, speak with party general secretary, Digvijay Singh, who is likely to come to Bengaluru over the weekend. “I will surely explain to him how bad things might turn out for the party if it continues to bank on Siddaramaiah,” he added.
“Whenever I have decided to fight for any cause, I have never though of numerical strength. It is always on conviction. It is true in this case too,” he added.
Mr Prasad also maintained that though he met former Union minister, S. M. Krishna, he never claimed that he would lead his fight. "My primary job as a rebel always will be to meet leaders like him and appraise them about my fight," he added.
Though two MLAs of constituencies in Chamarajnagar district, R. Narendara and Pandurang Shetty, met Mr Prasad on Monday they appealed to the media that they should not be counted as rebels. “We are here to meet him and we are not interested in getting involved in any activities of rebels,” they clarified.
Meanwhile, another senior leader from Hyderabad-Karnataka region, Dr A. B. Maalaka Reddy, slammed Mr Siddaramaiah after emerging from Mr Prasad's residence. “Ever since he was sworn in as CM, he has been behaving like a dictator. Even when he announced Anna Bhagya scheme, he did not even consult the party and leaders,” he added.
Meanwhile, New KPCC working president, Dinesh Gundu Rao on Monday sought to play down rebel activities by asserting that there are no rebels in the party....