Coali­tion govt sta­ble, Cong-JD(S) to fight LS polls to­gether: Siddu

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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.

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