Coalition govt stable, Cong-JD(S) to fight LS polls together: Siddu
Bengaluru: Rubbishing BJP’s claim that the coalition government in Karnataka would collapse due to an internal rift, Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Thursday said the Congress-JDS alliance was strong and they would contest the Lok Sabha polls together.
The leader of the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition coordination committee also ruled out any differences between him and Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara over portfolio allocation to newly inducted ministers. “They (BJP) don’t want to sit in the opposition and work. By using some wrong means, they want to form the government,” Siddaramaiah said.
He was reacting to senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Umesh Katti’s claim that 15 disgruntled MLAs from the ruling coalition were in touch with him and that the saffron party would form the new government in Karnataka by next week.
Speaking to reporters in Hubballi, Siddaramaiah said, “Nothing will happen, the government will not fall. Government will complete its term; there is no problem at all.”
Reacting to the views of JDS leaders that the party should contest the Lok Sabha polls alone, the veteran Congress leader said both the parties had fought the by-elections together and the alliance will remain intact for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as well.
“I don’t know what you are saying... (JDS wanting to go alone) is news for me,” the former Karnataka chief minister said, adding that the seat sharing formula was yet to be finalised.
According to reports, the meeting between top party leaders on Wednesday to decide on portfolios was not cordial, as Parameshwara expressed displeasure after Siddaramiah asked him to give up some key portfolios. Parameshwara currently holds the departments of home, Bengaluru city related affairs, youth affairs and sports.
Also, hitting out at media reports about a rift with Siddaramaiah, Parameshwara said, “It is all your creation, which is false. By giving false news... You will lose the credibility.”
“There is no issue of giving up any ministry and it is applicable to every one... Everything will be decided by the high command,” he added.