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Karnataka: CM Siddaramaiah labels HD Kumaraswamy as the political villain; check details

In a press conference held in Mysuru on October 25, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah criticized former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, referring to him as the political villain. This statement comes in response to a series of tweets by Kumaraswamy in which he compared Siddaramaiah to characters from the Mahabharata.

Karnataka: CM Siddaramaiah labels HD Kumaraswamy as the political villain; check details
First Published Oct 25, 2023, 6:11 PM IST

Siddaramaiah questioned Kumaraswamy's credibility, highlighting that Kumaraswamy himself spent a week in America when his government collapsed during his one year and two months as Chief Minister. He also mentioned Kumaraswamy's stay at the Taj West End hotel.

The Chief Minister responded to Kumaraswamy's claims about the downfall of his government by stating that Kumaraswamy initially attributed it to the BJP, but he now seems to be changing his stance. Siddaramaiah accused Kumaraswamy of misleading the assembly, emphasizing that Kumaraswamy should have met with ministers and legislators instead of staying at the Taj West End.
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Regarding Kumaraswamy's recent accusations and statements, Siddaramaiah dismissed them as politically motivated and suggested that Kumaraswamy's desperation is driving his actions. He noted that Kumaraswamy's success in politics is closely tied to his alliance with the BJP.

In response to questions about alleged money collection for elections, Siddaramaiah denied any involvement, asserting that they have not asked anyone for money for elections.

Siddaramaiah also addressed the issue of power shortages and stated that measures have been taken to overcome it, including the purchase of power from outside sources and requiring private companies generating electricity in the state to provide it to the government. He refuted the claim of an "artificial" power shortage, stating that Kumaraswamy was not being truthful.

When asked about the proposal to include Ramanagara in Bengaluru, Siddaramaiah indicated that he would discuss the matter with Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar but refrained from making any immediate comments.

Regarding the BJP's allegation of the government being an "ATM government," Siddaramaiah challenged the source of funds used in operation Kamala and claimed that false allegations are being made without any basis in reality.

He also mentioned the pending bills and economic conditions, stating his intention to present a white paper on the subject.

Siddaramaiah clarified that cabinet expansion is a decision to be made by the High Command, and he defended himself against the increased opposition allegations, characterizing them as politically motivated.

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