Siddaramaiah gets emotional at MLAs' meet, senior Congress leaders blame him for defeat

The 69-year-old leader received flak from several senior party MLAs, who held him responsible for the Congress' performance, citing his complete authority in selection of candidates.

Published: 16th May 2018 05:40 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2018 06:05 PM   |  A+A-

Outgoing Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and JD S President HD Kumaraswamy address the media after a meeting with Governor Vajubhai Vala in relation with in Bengaluru on Tuesday. | PTI

By PTI

BENGALURU: Outgoing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah turned "emotional" at a meeting of the party's new legislators today while speaking on Congress' defeat in the assembly polls even as senior leaders blamed him for the result, party sources said.

The 69-year-old leader received flak from several senior party MLAs, who held him responsible for the Congress' performance, citing his complete authority in selection of candidates and the Lingayat issue, they said.

Meanwhile, Home Minister in the outgoing government Ramalinga Reddy said most of the MLAs were present at the meeting today except "three or four " who were on their way, but all were in touch".

Claiming that 117 MLAs were on their side, he said "despite this if the Governor does not invite us, we will decide how to go further. We may also parade our strength."

Party sources aware of the developments said Siddaramaiah "kind of got emotional" as he spoke during the legislature party meeting of the Congress' loss despite his government's "good developmental works".

Siddaramaiah is also said to have cited "polarisation" as one of the factors that affected the party's prospects in the May 12 election.

The sources said 73 legislators, including one independent MLA, were present at the meet.

Six MLAs who were absent were in touch with party leaders over the phone, they said.

A joint legislature party meeting of Congress and JD(S) MLAs is scheduled at a hotel here later today, following which Congress leaders are likely to be shifted to a resort on the outskirts of the city, the sources said, adding that JD(S)was expected to make a similar move.

In the May 12 polls, BJP emerged as the single largest party with 104 members, while Congress secured 78, the JD(S) 37 and others three.

Alleging that BJP was trying to poach Congress MLAs, Reddy said "they had done it in the past, they are trying to do it again, but they will not succeed. We are all together and will stay together."

"BJP has contacted five or six of our MLAs. They raised their hands when asked during the meeting today," he added.

Reddy also said the Congress legislature party leader was not elected at the meeting, which discussed the government formation exercise.

"We have signed a letter extending our support to Kumaraswamy as chief minister," he said.

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  • Krishna

    Where is the "credit" to the "young leader" who came in person and rode a bicycle? You covered that. Where are the tough questions now TNIE? Where is your journalistic integrity? Shouldn't you hold the CONgress' feet to the proverbial fire of your journalistic flame?
    2 months ago reply
  • badri poondi

    It is not proper to blame former CM who would have done the best in his opinion for the party's success
    2 months ago reply
  • Narendra M Apte

    1. Unbiased analysis of Karnataka Assembly election campaigning and results is required to arrive at right conclusions. 2. Both BJP & the Congress have to give up undesirable practice of making allegations of corruption
    2 months ago reply
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