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Siddaramaiah hints at contesting elections again

Mysuru, April 16:- Former chief minister Siddaramaiah on Monday hinted at contesting elections again. After an ignominious loss to Janata Dal (Secular) candidate GT Devegowda in the Assembly elections from Chamundeshwari Constituency, Siddaramaiah had gone on record that he may not contest elections at all. He did a U-turn on Monday when he said he may contest the elections, though not from Chamundeshwari.

“Another four years to go for the state Assembly elections. I am done with Chamundeshwari Constituency. I have told that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) might try to weaken the coalition government if we lose many seats in the Lok Sabha elections. BJP has always been doing the same. B S Yeddyurappa has been saying that time and again. Is Yeddyurappa a leader? Is BJP a party? They don’t have an ideology,” he said.

“I have also received a notice from the Income Tax Department. I have already answered them. I am busy with the elections and I told them that I need 15 days to answer their queries,” he said.

Siddaramaiah said he was upset with what Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said about the state coalition government. In one of the election speeches a few days back, Modi said, “When Siddaramaiah was at the helm of affairs, it was 10% commission government. Now, with the JD(S) joining hands with the Congress, it has become 20% commission government.”

“Being the Prime Minister, he should not speak like that. I say that the Modi government is 100% corrupt. Will he agree with my allegation? Prime Minister should not stoop down to this level. He has intelligence and other departments with him. He should think before making allegations. All the five years, he has been banking on emotional issues. He says that Rahul Gandhi is contesting from Wayanad because it has more minority votes. Is it not harming communal harmony?” Siddaramaiah asked.

“The situation has changed after GT Devegowda and I toured Mysuru district. People are willing to vote for the coalition candidate. Modi will go home after the elections. Amit Shah’s bail may get cancelled and he may go to jail,” he added. (MR/KS)

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