I’m not a self-proclaimed CM: Kumaraswamy

Mysuru, April 23:- “I have not announced myself as the next Chief Minister of the state. People who are fed up with the governance of BJP and Congress will vote JD(S). The assembly election will decide the future of Karnataka,” said former CM H D Kumaraswamy here on Monday. He was speaking at a media conversation organised at Mysuru press club on Monday.

“JD(S) will form the government on its own. We will not have any alliance. We welcome anyone who supports the party accepting our ideologies,” he said.

“The assurance of a transparent governance in Karnataka has been a farce. None of the officials is listening to the ministers. The state treasury has become empty. There are no funds for development works. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has made tender holders commit suicide,” he alleged.

“Siddaramaiah says that the government would give Rs 5,000 per acre of land. If he had a real concern, he should have done this three years ago. When Siddaramaiah was the opposition party leader, he made internal agreements with B S Yeddyurappa and is now making allegations against us,” he added.

“The surveys conducted by Siddaramaiah are not true. It was said that JD(S) will not win any seat last time. But we won more than 40 seats. This time surveys say that we will win 40 to 50 seats. But we will get 113 seats to form the government. Congress will come down to third place,” he added.

“The rumoured coalition between BJP and JD(S) is not true. We didn’t select our candidates after seeing the BJP candidates. We changed Abhishek from Varuna as BJP has also fielded a Lingayat candidate. Siddaramaiah says JD(S) will win only 25 seats. He might be saying what he dreamt. Congress may have won only 25 seats in his dream. BSP president Mayavati will be touring Karnataka from April 25. She will be visiting Mysuru on April 25, Chitradurga on April 26, Kolara, Belagavi, Kalburgi, Raichur on May 5 and 6. Asaduddin Owaisi will also campaign for JD(S) in some parts of Karnataka,” Kumaraswamy added.

“If JD(S) comes to power, there will be 2 DCMs. One will be from Dalit community and the other will be from the minority community,” he added.

Mysuru District Journalists’ Association president C K Mahendra, vice president Subrahmanya, chief secretary Lokesh Babu, secretary Raghavendra, treasurer Dakshinamurthy were present. (MR).

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