New Delhi: Former Karnataka CM and Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Friday rubbished the reports of a rift between Janata Dal Secular and his party saying they both are one. “We are one. Karnataka Government is moving in the right direction,” said Siddaramaiah, while speaking to reporters.
He also asked BJP to stop worrying about them as forthcoming Lok Sabha polls are round the corner. ” BJP should stop worrying about this and worry about promises made by them and PM Modi, parliamentary elections are coming,” Siddaramaiah added.”
The former Karnataka CM also informed media that the Congress-JDS govt in the state is looking for an expansion of the Cabinet in the third week of September. “We are looking for an expansion of the Cabinet in the third week of September. This (Karnataka) government will survive for five years and will abide by the common minimum programme that has been decided,”Siddaramaiah added.
Earlier in the day, JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda had assured that everything is fine between the two political parties and added that their alliance will not allow the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to sweep the Karnataka urban local body elections.
“All is well between Congress and JDS. They will not allow BJP to come to power and will collectively fight together in case of any eventuality including the parliamentary elections,” he said.
Notably, Siddaramaiah and Gowda’s remarks come amid urban local body polls, which are being seen as the litmus test for the Congress-JD(S) coalition government against the BJP. The polling is currently underway in 2,529 wards, which are spread over as many as 29 city municipalities, 53 town municipalities and 23 town panchayats along with 135 wards of three city corporations.
(With inputs from agencies)