Bengaluru: Amidst the speculations over the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government going through a turbulent patch in Karnataka, former chief minister Siddaramaiah on Friday dismissed the claims that he was unhappy with the situation in the state and the alliance and said there is no doubt about government’s stability. Siddaramaiah finally broke his silence after the recent video leaks while he was undergoing treatment in Dharmasthala.
The former chief minister, in the alleged leaked videos, can be heard talking about the coalition government’s future and the budget that Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy will present in the Assembly on July 5. Siddaramaiah dubbed the video recording of his “casual talks” and making it public as “unethical”.
“What I have said, in what context I have said you do not know. Whoever it is, recording my casual talk with someone and making it public without knowing the context… Is it not unethical,” he questioned. While there were strong rumours of the veteran Congress leader being unhappy with the coalition government in Karnataka, Siddaramaiah dissed the reports asking, “Who told you that I’m unhappy?”
As he was interacting with the reporters after concluding a meeting, he said that nobody knows the context in which he was speaking. “You too don’t know in what context I have spoken, nobody knows. So I don’t have anything to do with it,” he added.
Assuring that the coalition government in Karnataka will be stable he said Congress and JD(S) have formed a coalition government to keep away the communal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) out of power in the southern state. The video made a buzz in the political spectrum regarding the future of the Karnataka government, straining the coalition.
Siddaramaiah, who was undergoing treatment at a nature cure hospital in Dharmasthala, returned to Bengaluru on Friday night.
Divergent views have been aired in public by some Congress and JD(S) leaders on several issues, including presentation of the budget.