BANGALORE: With the Congress receiving an electoral drubbing, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president G Parameshwara on Friday said he and CM Siddaramiah are ready to take moral responsibility for the party’s defeat in the state.
Party workers remained within the KPCC office on Queen’s Road for the most part of the day. However, Siddaramaiah was no where to be seen. “The CM and I have been held responsible for Congress’ performance in Karnataka. We accept it. There are other leaders with us in the frontline who are equally responsible,” Parameshwara told reporters.
He denied any internal rift within the party and dismissed murmurs about internal sabotage resulting in the loss. The chief also insisted that the election results were not a referendum on the performance of the Siddaramaiah-led State government.
The KPCC chief alleged that BJP used support from the media and corporate houses to garner votes from first-time voters.
“The results reflect the support BJP received from the media and the party has spent a lot of money on projecting the image of its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. This swept all the votes,” he said, adding that the ‘NaMo’ wave has worked its charm in the state, especially among young voters.
“We will analyse the results further once figures come out. Questions linger on how BJP will manage to live up to the hopes and trust of the people,” he said.