Bengaluru: Shobha Karandlaje, the Udupi-Chikkamagalur BJP MP didn’t mince words in criticising former CM Siddaramaiah over the collapse of the coalition government in Karnataka a few months ago. 

Addressing a press conference at the BJP office in Malleshwaram, Bengaluru, the MP said, “It was disqualified Hunsur MLA H Vishwanath who brought Siddaramaiah to the Congress so that the Kuruba votes would be consolidated, but Vishwanath left Congress because of Siddaramaiah.” 

The senior BJP leader also wondered as to where other senior Congress leaders were, as it was only Siddaramaiah who was seen doing the campaigning. 

She said, “Siddaramaiah is the headmaster of a school in which only one teacher is employed. I wonder where other senior leaders like Mallikarjuna Kharge, G Parameshwara and HK Patil are. His own leaders have deserted him.” 

She also threw a challenge for Siddaramaiah. 

“Let there be a secret voting on the election of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader. I am sure none would vote for him.” 

She also blamed Siddaramaiah for the attack on senior Congress leader Tanveer Sait. 

“Had Siddaramaiah not withdrawn cases against members of PFI and SDPI, the attack on Tanveer Sait would not have happened. Had they been reined in much earlier, they would not have grown up to attack a prominent person like Tanveer Sait.” 

Adding that Siddaramaiah was working towards pitting Hindus against Muslims, she said, “Siddaramaiah’s schemes are always based on caste and religion. Be it his Shaadi Bhagya or tourism for kids, both were conceived to cater to the demands of a particular community. He celebrated Tipu Jayanti. Due to this, a person by name Kuttappa died. This is wrong. From Kuttappa to Tanveer Sait, it is Siddaramaiah who is responsible for all the mess.”

As many as 15 constituencies are slated to go by-polls on December 5.