Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has rubbished Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s allegations against the Karnataka government in connection with the Cauvery water issue.
While touring Krishnagiri recently, Jayalalithaa had alleged that both Congress and BJP are acting against the interests of Tamil Nadu in the Cauvery river water sharing issue. Campaigning for Congress candidate from Krishnagiri Lok Sabha constituency A Chellakumar, the CM said the Congress government in Karnataka has been releasing water to Tamil Nadu according to the Supreme Court order.
Both Jayalalithaa and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda have failed to take any concrete steps on the Cauvery water issue and are now trying to hide their mistakes, Siddaramaiah said while addressing reporters at the state border Zuzuwadi near Hosur on Saturday.
On Congress’ chances of coming to power after the polls, he said: “There is no Modi wave as claimed by BJP. Congress will form the government at the Centre again.” The CM also spoke at campaign meetings in Hosur, Denkanikottai and Thali in the district.
Siddaramaiah’s speech in Kannada was well received by the multilingual public in the district. He is the first leader in the current election season to have campaigned in Kannada in the border district of Krishnagiri, which has sizeable number of Kannada-speaking population.
Siddu Questions ‘Modi Wave’
Bangalore: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has dismissed claims that the high voter turnout in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls in the state would help the BJP.
The CM on Saturday said the Congress would reap rich dividends in the polls thanks to its performances at the Centre and state.
Speaking to reporters, the CM expressed confidence of Congress bagging a minimum of 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
Dismissing media reports on the purported Modi wave, he said: “It is all rubbish. I have not seen any such thing (Modi wave) in the state.”
Siddaramaiah attributed the increase in voter turnout in the state to awareness among voters. Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya, Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy, senior Congress leaders Revanna and C M Ibrahim were present.