Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is trying to finish off the party that gave him political birth, Janata Dal (Secular) national president H D Deve Gowda said here on Friday.
He was speaking at a convention of JD(S) elected representatives of urban local bodies and panchayat raj institutions here.
“Siddaramaiah grew in politics and got plum posts when he was in our party,” the former prime minister said.
He also accused Siddaramaiah of politicking by dividing castes in the name of AHINDA, (Kannada acronym for Minorities, Backward Classes and Dalits). “The Chief Minister has forgotten who gave reservation for those castes. Those who talk about AHINDA should go back to their villages to see the plight of these communities. I am not interested in taking names of people who created division among castes,” Gowda said.
Stating that his party would give tickets to at least two women in the coming Lok Sabha elections, he said: “I was not interested in contesting the Lok Sabha polls, but was forced to do so in the interest of the country. I had planned to quit as the MP when our nominees lost in the recently held byelections to Mandya and Bangalore Rural LS constituencies.”
Gowda asked MLA N Chaluvarayaswamy to field his wife from Mandya Lok Sabha constituency in the coming elections.
Leader of Opposition in the Assembly H D Kumaraswamy appealed to the elected representatives to strengthen the hands of Deve Gowda.