Watch Row: Siddaramaiah Now Plays Community Card

Published: 28th February 2016 05:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th February 2016 05:57 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday tried to play the community card to bail himself out of the controversy over his luxury watch.

“Kumaraswamy and his family members are unable to digest the fact that a backward community leader has become the CM. They are all jealous of me. That is the reason why Kumaraswamy is tarnishing my image by levelling false and frivolous allegations,” a visibly disturbed Siddaramaiah said.

He spoke to reporters after chairing a pre-budget meeting with farmers’ leaders and Agriculture department officials at Vidhana Soudha on Saturday.

“It is not the first time that efforts are being made to dislodge a chief minister belonging to the backward community. In past too, such efforts had been made. Bangarappa and Veerappa Moily, both belonging to backward communities, were not allowed to function smoothly as Chief Ministers. The same thing is happening with me now. Allegations against me are politically motivated,” he added.

He also dismissed allegations that he eats in a silver plate as frivolous. “How can it be possible? Is he suggesting that I take a silver plate and glass with me wherever I go? Can anybody do that? There should be some sense while making such allegations,” he said.

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