The war of words started when DK Shivakumar accused the BJP of using central agencies for political vendetta.

Sriramulu offers apology to DK Shivakumar says his comment wasnt meant to hurt anyone
news Politics Tuesday, September 03, 2019 - 16:49

Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu on Tuesday offered his “unconditional apology” to former Water Resource Minister DK Shivakumar. In a video statement, Sriramulu apologized to Shivakumar for a statement he had made on August 30.

“DK Shivakumar was in tears yesterday and while he was speaking, he had mentioned a sentence I had spoken in the past. Whatever I said was in a political sense and I never said that to hurt him personally,” Sriramulu said.

Sriramulu was referring to his statement against DK Shivakumar’s allegation that the central government was utilizing Central agencies like the ED and CBI for its own political gains. Sriramulu had lashed out at Shivakumar and had said that 'those who eat salt must drink water', an idiom in Kannada which refers to ‘what goes around, comes around’. 

On Monday, DK Shivakumar had turned emotional before he went in for interrogation by the Enforcement Directorate in New Delhi and had referred to Sriramulu’s comments.  He lamented that investigators had not allowed him to offer prayers to his deceased father on Ganesh Chaturti. “My friend (Sriramulu) had said, those who eat salt must drink water. I have also said many things in the past, but is this right?.” 

Sriramulu, a fierce political rival of DK Shivakumar, said that he would never say anything crass about the latter when he was facing a turbulent situation.  

“Today, he is in trouble and if I say anything crass, his family members and he too will be hurt. I never spoke that way to cause any harm to him personally. I offer my unconditional apology if he is hurt by anything I said,” Sriramulu added.

Responding to Sriramulu’s apology, DK Shivakumar told reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday that once spoken, words cannot be taken back. “Words are powerful. Once spoken, they cannot be taken back,” Dk Shivakumar said before going in for the fourth day of questioning by the ED.   

What exactly did Sriramulu say?

On August 30, before DK Shivakumar flew to New Delhi to appear for questioning, he had alleged that the BJP was misusing central agencies. B Sriramulu responded saying, " Before making allegations against the BJP, DK Shivakumar must comprehend that business and politics are two different things. The BJP has no history of interfering in administration work. The Income tax Department and the ED will investigate any person, irrespective of his profession, and irrespective of how rich, influential and powerful. They conduct raids and have every right to question the suspect. This is what happened in MLA Shivakumar’s case. Instead of making allegations against the BJP, he should concentrate on giving proper answers to IT and ED officials. Those who eat salt must drink water."



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