Mysuru: Virtually admitting that the Congress may fall short of a majority in the Assembly polls and maybe ruling himself out of the race in such a situation, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday said it was fine if the party decides to have a Dalit chief minister.
“There was no dissident activity. Former CMs Devraj Urs, Veerendra Patil, S. Bangarappa and Veerappa Moily all had some dissatisfied MLAs. But for the first time, there was no dissatisfied MLA during my tenure though one or two may have made statements against me. By and large, I was able to secure the co-operation of the high command, all ministers, MLAs and MPs. I have served people honestly. People liked my work, there was no anti-incumbency in the state,” he said.
Siddaramaiah’s comment came in the context of conflicting reports of a hung Assembly after the May 15 poll results with some exit polls predicting a fractured verdict-a situation in which the JD(S) of Mr Deve Gowda could play kingmaker and extract its price for extending support or tying up with the Congress or BJP.
On his prospects in Badami and Chamundeswari – the two seats he is contesting from, he said, “I will surely win in both seats. I will get a good majority in Badami. In Chamundeswari we may not get the expected lead but we will get a lead still. G.T. Devegowda (JD-S candidate) has spent a lot of money, I don’t know from where he got it. Nobody can win only with money and not unless he enjoys people’s love. The byelection in Chamundeswari in 2006 was the toughest, this one was not so tough.”
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