MYSURU: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed credit for fast-tracking Bidar-Kalaburagi railway line project, blaming the Congress for delaying it, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah shot back at the PM for politicising the issue without any reason.
The CM, who credited Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha M Mallikarjuna Kharge for fast-tracking the work said, “The project was conceived by Kharge as union railway minister and he inaugurated the first phase upon its completion. BJP leaders who were silent for all these years are speaking now.”Kharge was not invited for the programme attended by Modi, he said.
On Modi frequently targeting him, Siddaramaiah said: “Modi is afraid of me. Or else why should he target me whenever he comes to the state? Moreover, BJP leaders always indulge in dirty politics and their mind is filthy.”
To a query on Channapatna MLA C P Yogeshwar quitting the party, Siddaramaiah, who addressed him in singular, said: “He is good at marketing things and was never part of the Congress. Moreover, before joining the party, he had embraced many other parties. Recently, he had promised to stay in the organisation, but quit later.”
He also scoffed at media reports about the possibilities of senior leader P G R Sindhya contesting as Janata Dal (Secular) candidate from Varuna constituency against his son Yathindra, currently represented by himself (Siddaramaiah) in the assembly.
Dismissing the news as mere lie, Siddaramaiah questioned reporters as to why he (Sindhya) should contest from Varuna when he is not related to the constituency. “Even if he wants to contest, he should go for Ramnagara or Kanakapura,” he said.
Sindhya who was recently summoned for talks by JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda and state president H D Kumaraswamy, is yet to make his stand clear, he added.