Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is leaving no stone unturned with an eye on the Assembly by-elections to Nanjangud and Gundludpet scheduled for April 9. Siddaramaiah had a ‘secret’ meeting with Mysuru District JDS President Narasimha Swamy on Friday and requested him to extend support and canvass for the party candidates.
In reply to questions over the meeting he had with Swamy, Siddaramaiah told reporters here on Saturday that he had appealed to Swamy to extend his support to Congress candidates as the JD(S) party is not contesting the by-elections. “Swamy and I are good old friends. It was just a casual meeting after the campaigning and I appealed to him to extend his support to our candidates Kalale Keshavamurthy and Geeta Mahadeva Prasad.”
Siddaramaiah added that “The BJP is making false allegations against me saying I am against Dalit and Lingayat communities. I want to make it clear that I am not against any community. These allegations are common during elections. I believe in humanity and I respect human values.”
Speaking to media after meeting Siddarmaiah, Swamy said, “It was just a casual meeting with the Chief Minister and there is nothing to speculate about it. He requested me to extend support for the Congress candidates as our party is not contesting the by-elections. I shall abide by the direction of our party leaders.”
CM did not invite me: Vishwanath
While talking to media persons on Saturday, senior Congress leader H Vishwanath, who has been in the news for some time now, said, “Siddaramaiah did not invite me to campaign for the Congress candidates. But as per the directions of the Congress high command and the KPCC, I will campaign for our candidates and will go on a ‘paadayatra’ in Nanjangud assembly constituency shortly.”
CM son’s car seized
On Satuday, the election officers seized a car belonging to Chief Minister’s son Yathindra Kumar at Gundlupet. The election officers seized Yathindra’s car for not taking permission to campaign in Gundlupet. Confirming the seizure, the officers said, “They were given permission to use the car in the Nanjangud constituency and not in Gundlupet and therefore, it was seized.” The car was seized at a special check post set-up near Hirikati village near Begur.
Home Minister’s car checked
On Saturday, police officials checked Home Minister Paramsehwar’s car at a check post near Nanjangud. Parameshwar was travelling along with KPCC secretary Dinesh Gundurao when his car was stopped for a check.