AICC general secretary of Karnataka, K.C. Venugopal, on Sunday, told Congress leaders not to raise issue of Siddaramaiah‘s second term as chief minister in Karnataka and rather concentate on the upcoming by-elections slated for 13th and 14th of May.
AICC general secretary KC Venugopal asked MLAs to focus on the up-coming by-elections in Kundagol rather focusing on who should be the next CM of the state. He said this while he was in Hubbali to participate in the electoral campaigns.
“Mr. Kumaraswamy will complete five years. But Mr. Siddaramaiah will become the Chief Minister after that,” said senior Congress leader Zameer Ahmed Khan whereas JD(S) leader A.H. Vishwanath also put forward his acceptance of Siddaramaiah’s chief ministership saying, “Some supporters of Mr. Siddaramaiah are expressing their desire of seeing him as the Chief Minister. But, he can become the Chief Minister only after the next Assembly election.”
Maenwhile former CM of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah’s statement created rounds when he said that he did not opt out from JD(S) but was expelled from the party by the party chief Deve Gowda.
“They (BJP) ask why Siddaramaiah quit JD(S) and joined Congress. I did not quit JD(S)…Ijds was expelled. You must know the truth…I was expelled from the JD(S) by Mr Deve Gowda for my AHINDA activities. Now you know, I believe,” he said.