‘Cong, BJP were in cahoots to make key leaders win’: JD(S) state pres stirs the pot

AH Vishwanath also took a jibe at Siddaramaiah, saying he hopes the former CM move to national politics.
‘Cong, BJP were in cahoots to make key leaders win’: JD(S) state pres stirs the pot
‘Cong, BJP were in cahoots to make key leaders win’: JD(S) state pres stirs the pot
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In an appalling speech, JD(S) state president AH Vishwanath on Sunday remarked that the BJP and Congress were in cahoots and worked together during the recently-held Karnataka Assembly elections.

Speaking to the media in Mysuru, AH Vishwanath said, “The Modi government has not done any actual work. He only talks about doing great things but never actually does anything. Besides, in the recently held State Assembly elections, the BJP and Congress got together to make several of their leaders win in key constituencies. They helped each other to ensure MB Patil won.”  

The JD(S) state president, who was a former Congress leader, also said that “Congress party must learn to be secular”.

“Congress party must remain secular. They should never forget that. The party had earlier accused JD(S) of being BJP’s B-Team. But we know who is with BJP and we also know that JD(S) did not go to the BJP to form a government,” AH Vishwanath added.

Once a close associate of former CM Siddaramaiah, Vishwanath had left the Congress party after accusing the former of not allowing anyone in the party to rise above him and succeed. The JD(S) banked on Vishwanath’s hatred for Siddaramaiah and brought into its fold in 2017.

Vishwanath has always been vocal about his disdain for Siddaramaiah, and on Sunday, he did not forgo the opportunity to take a dig at him.

“I wish CM Siddaramaiah a very happy birthday. Let him live for 100 years. I also pray that you become a national leader and move on from state politics,” he said.

Vishwanath’s statement comes as many leaders in the Congress and JD(S) want Siddaramaiah to retire from state politics. Rumours are rife in the coalition parties that Siddaramaiah’s associates in the party, including MB Patil, have missed the opportunity of bagging cabinet berths and have been sidelined.

A Congress leader close to Siddaramaiah said, “As it is, the Congress and JD(S) are trying to put up a united front, but the leaders are always bickering and playing one-upmanship games with each other. One of the reasons why Congress failed to bag the required number of seats in the election is because its own leaders were fighting and trying to destroy each other. The same goes for JD(S). If Congress leaders do not realise this, they will end up like JD(S) and be confined to a part of the state.”

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