A day after Siddaramaiah said he would like to have another stint as Karnataka CM, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Saturday said that there is a conspiracy to topple his government.
“Efforts are being made to destabilise the government. I learnt from the media that there will be a new government in September (this year) and someone is ready to become the chief minister,” Kumaraswamy said without taking Siddaramaiah’s name.
Referring to media reports that some legislators would topple his government by September 3, he said the present JDS-Congress ministry would not fall because he knows the art of running it.
“If some people think they can destabilise me, they can’t. I know how to run the government,” he said.
“There are media reports that some legislators would topple the government by September 3. I will leave it to people’s conscience – which September 3 are they talking about,” Kumaraswamy added.
Addressing party workers in Hassan district on Friday, Siddaramaiah reportedly said if people wish, he will become chief minister again.
The former chief minister’s remarks kicked up a controversy with some seeing it as having an unsettling effect on the JDS-Congress government.
On Saturday, Siddaramaiah sought to clarify, saying he only meant his party coming back to power in next assembly elections.
Asked if he wants to be CM, Siddaramaiah said if people blessed him, he would want, but after the end of this government’s term.
“If people bless me, I will want to become the chief minister, but not now. After five years when next election is held,” he said.
Earlier, Siddaramaiah’s comments doubting the longevity of the JDS-Congress ministry and his differences over budget presentation had cast a shadow on the coalition.
(With PTI inputs)