Congress leaders held Siddaramaiah responsible in Karnataka Election’s defeat

Bengaluru: The knives are out for outgoing Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah.  Having lost the elections fought under his leadership and his Chamundeshwari seat, he is now the target of many a Congress leader, former Speaker, K.B. Koliwad and Bagur Manje Gowda being among them. 

Mr Koliwad on Wednesday not only held Mr Siddaramaiah responsible for the Congress party’s debacle, but also suggested that he should not be given any post,  including that of KPCC president as punishment.

Addressing Mr Siddaramaiah in the singular Mr Koliwad said, "Both the JD (S) and Congress should work together to form the government. But this man, Siddaramaiah will not let that  happen. He will somehow prevent Mr Kumaraswamy from becoming Chief Minister.”

Noting that “this man” had  “lost one seat and won the Badami seat by a thin margin,”  he added,  "I  will personally meet AICC president, Rahul Gandhi and convince him not to give any post to  Siddaramaiah."

Mr Koliwad , who was defeated by a nondescript candidate, R. Shankar of the Karnataka Praja Janata Party, claimed Mr Siddaramaiah had helped his rival win. 

"He is 15 years younger than I am.  He is a bachha in front of me and has no Congress blood in him like I have,” he said referring to Mr Siddaramaiah. Alleging that the Lingayat religion issue had cost the party dearly, he said it was all the outgoing Chief Minister’s doing.

 "The party will not benefit from this man. It is better D.K. Shivakumar is made  Chief Minister," he  added.

Meanwhile, Mr Manje Gowda , who lost to Mr H.D. Revanna of the JD(S), also blamed Mr Siddaramaiah for his defeat. "If Mr Siddaramaiah had come to campaign for me, I would have won. Unfortunately, he did not. I do not know who brought pressure on him to force me to contest the elections," he said. 

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