Clarifying that he is still the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, Siddaramaiah said that his resignation was not accepted by the Congress. He also ruled out rumours of his joining the JD(S).
Playing down the differences within the state Congress, Siddaramaiah said that the issue of leadership change in the state party unit did not come up during his meeting with the party high command.
“I did not refer to the 1989 and 1999 polls when the party had appointed a president from the dominant castes,” he addressed the media here on Friday.
When asked whether he demanded Parameshwar’s ouster as KPCC president, he replied in the negative.
“I was summoned by the high command to protect the dignity of the chair that I had left behind as I was left out while taking crucial policy decisions,” he added. When asked whether he would demand the announcement of candidates ahead of the polls, he replied: “Many in the party are for early announcement of the names of candidates.”