Prime News, National, Karnatka, Bengaluru, May 15:- Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Tuesday termed the growing clamour within his party to make him chief minister once again as an expression of supporters’ “affection,” but said he still stands by his word about not contesting the next Assembly polls. The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader said he saw nothing wrong in the demand being made by his supporters.
“I have made it very very clear that the chief minister’s post is not vacant now (hence no question about me becoming Chief Minister). What our people are saying is, after the next election, I should become chief minister once again,” Siddaramaiah said.
Speaking to reporters in Hubballi, he said, “Is there anything that I should not become (Chief Minister) if people give their blessings? Where is that I should not become, if people bless our party?”
“Have they (supporters) said I should become now? In the 2023 election, if people bless Congress, Siddaramaiah may become chief minister – this is what they are saying. What is wrong in that?” he asked. However, Siddaramaiah said, he stands by his earlier word, not to contest the next Assembly polls.
“I have said, I will not contest next election, but is there anything that they (supporters) should also say what I have said, they are expressing their opinion. I have expressed my opinion that I will not contest next election, even today I will abide by it,” he said.
Siddaramaiah noted that when people at meetings demand that he should become CM once again, he responds by saying, “if people bless let us see”. “What is wrong in responding like that to a particular situation,?” he asked. He also blamed the media for making it a big issue and said, “Where have I said, I will become CM?”
Ahead of the May 2018 Assembly polls, Siddaramaiah had said it could “most likely” be his last election. Earlier, during the 2013 Assembly polls too, Siddaramaiah had said that it was his last election and went on to become chief minister after the polls. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)