Mysuru, May 11:- Senior Congress leader H Vishwanath never lets go an opportunity to criticise Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. That is the way he is. He always keeps people guessing with his foot-in-the-mouth comments. He gets into controversies with his questionable comments against some of the state Congress leaders which has often been criticised. But Vishwanath is unperturbed by what people say, he wants to live the life the way he wants. “When someone is wrong, I will criticise him/her, no matter who it is” seems to be his mantra.
Political pundits say he is on his way out from the Congress. But no one knows when that is going to happen. The recent buzz in the political circles is that he may join the JD(S), though the veteran leader has not said anything in this connection. Former chief minister and state JD(S) president H D Kumaraswamy, who was in Mysuru for the party meeting on Wednesday, gave a hint or two that Vishwanath may join his party.
Vishwanath on Wednesday visited Gattahalli mutt in Kolar. The veteran politician was his usual self. In a veiled comment against Siddaramaiah, he said, “Citizens have no right to question the king.” When reporters asked him over Chief Minister’s statement that the Congress would be going for the elections under his leadership, Vishwanath said, “King can’t be questioned!”
On Congress leaders asking the party’s state in-charge K C Venugopal to announce Siddaramaiah as the chief minister candidate before the Assembly elections in 2018, Vishwanath said, “Let him be the chief minister and also the KPCC president.”
After the exit of Srinivas Prasad and S M Krishna from the Congress, another leader from the Mysuru region may say goodbye to the country’s oldest party.
During his interaction with Kumaraswamy, Vishwanath apparently told him he was not happy with the Congress, while indirectly saying that he may take a decision on his future course of action shortly. With his future looking bleak, it is discernible that Vishwanath is distancing himself from the Congress day by day. It should not come as a surprise if he joins the JD(S) in the near future. (MR/SN).