TUMKUR: Opposition leader in the Assembly Siddaramaiah termed BJP state general secretary and Chikmagalur MLA C T Ravi’s defence of tainted former ministers by raising the Nehru-Lady Mountbatten affair as pure foolishness.
He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the ST Nayaka Community Convention on the District Central Library premises near Town Hall Circle on Sunday. “We would not have bothered if they had watched the blue film in their bedrooms. But doing so in the Assembly, the BJP MLAs had assaulted democracy,” Siddaramaiah said.
BJP leader Hartal Halappa had to quit his Cabinet post after he was accused of raping his friend’s wife and the people have not forgotten it. We would take all such issues to the forefront and advise the people not to invite the BJP leaders even for a cup of coffee to their houses, he said.
There would be no change in the guard of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) and the Congress would face the polls under a collective leadership, Siddaramaiah said.
After the elections, the party high command would take a decision on who would be the chief minister and until then the issue would not be considered. The short-listing of probable potential candidates for the polls is on, he informed.
Nanjanagudu MLA Srinivasa Prasad, V S Ugrappa, former minister Veeranna, K N Rajanna, Salingaiah and others were present.