Minister in the outgoing BJP government K Sudhakar on Wednesday questioned former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah whether he can deny the fact that he had no role, "implicitly or explicitly", in the move by Congress MLAs to quit the party when the coalition government was in office in 2019.
He raised the issue at a time when Siddaramaiah is in a stiff competition with state Congress president D K Shivakumar to become the CM, after Congress won the Assembly polls by securing 135 seats
In a series of tweets, Sudhakar accused the Congress leader of assuring the MLAs that he won't allow the then H D Kumaraswamy-led coalition government to continue even for a single day after 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Sudhakar was earlier with Congress. He was one among the 17 Congress-JD(S) legislators who quit and defected to BJP that led to the collapse of the coalition government and paved the way for BJP to come to power.
"During the JDS-Congress coalition govt in 2018, whenever MLAs (Congress)went to the then Coordination Committe Chairman Siddaramaiah with their concerns, he used to express his helplessness and say that he has no say in the govt and his constituency/district works itself are stalled," Sudhakar claimed..
Further, Siddaramaiah used to assure MLAs to wait till 2019 Lok Sabha polls and come what may he won't allow the then coalition government to continue even for a single day after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Ultimately, some MLAs including him had to inevitably quit Congress and go back to the people in bypolls, to protect the 'karyakartas' and supporters in their constituencies, he said, and asked "Can Shri Siddaramaiah deny the fact that he had no role, implicitly or explicitly, in this move by Congress MLAs?"
Sudhakar, after defecting to BJP, contested the bypolls on the party ticket and won, and also went on to become Health Minister in the government.
PM Modi interacts with BJP leader KS Eshwarappa on telephonic call
Siddaramaiah slams Shah as trader who takes in corrupt people into BJP
Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar, two aspiring CMs in race for state's top post
K'taka polls: Competition intensifies in Siddaramaiah's Varuna seat
Former Karnataka CM Jagadish Shettar joins Congress post exit from BJP
RSS-minded VCs in universities shinning examples of nepotism: Kapil Sibal
Congress hits back at BJP for questioning delay in deciding Karnataka CM
Veteran Samajwadi Party leader Hari Shankar Tiwari passes away at 90
Run by half-engine govt, Odisha suffers from governance deficit: Pradhan
Will come out with more corruption cases against Vijayan: Congress
He lost the May 10 Assembly polls from Chikkaballapura seat.
(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)