MYSURU: A day after Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said corruption was rampant in the state administration, former CM Siddaramaiah on Tuesday said he was not aware of it.
“I have not come across corruption in the administration. If he (CM) knows about it, let him please take steps to check it,” Siddaramaiah, who heads the Coalition Coordination Committee, told mediapersons. Asked about the CM’s remarks about corruption in transfer of officials, he said he was not aware of it too.
On Monday, Kumaraswamy had stated that corruption in the administration was rampant, and if he tried to cleanse the system at once, he won’t be allowed to remain in power even for 2 minutes. Kumaraswamy had not named any politician or a government when he made the remark.
Siddaramaiah, who has been away from Bengaluru since dissidence erupted in the party, said there was no discontent within Congress now.
For them, Siddu is still ‘CM’
Mysuru: Two weeks after JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy assumed office as Chief Minister, many Congress legislators still claim that Siddaramaiah “continues to be their Chief Minister”. They even announced that they were ready for any sacrifice to strengthen his hands.
Speaking at a thanksgiving function in Varuna constituency on Tuesday, MLC N Dharmasena said Siddaramaiah “will remain chief minister for many” for his good governance and popular programmes which will “bring him back to the helm of affairs soon”.
MLC Ivan D’ Souza also joined the chorus calling Siddaramaiah “the chief minister”. D’ Souza said they are ready for any sacrifice to strengthen Siddaramaiah.Backward Classes Minister Puttaranga Shetty said he has become a legislator and minister with blessings of Siddaramaiah.