New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar on Sunday rebuffed reports that Congress MLA from Hebbal Byrathi Suresh has gifted a luxurious 2019 Mercedes-Benz car to former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
“There is no gift or anything. We also sometimes take our friends’ vehicle to travel. There is no issue. Is there any record that he has received a gift or anything? Nothing, no record,” said the Congress troubleshooter.
Sources close to Siddaramaiah had also said that the car was not a gift as was done by minister KJ George. Last year, George had lent a Land Cruiser to the former CM along with fuel coupons for a year. Later, George had explained that he had given the SUV to Siddaramaiah as he was not comfortable travelling in an Innova.
Meanwhile, Shivakumar also refuted reports of fight between Karnataka Congress MLAs Anand Singh and JN Ganesh saying,”There is no fight. You saw all of them coming together, going together. It’s fake news. Entire Congress party is united. I’m confident that even those who couldn’t attend CLP will come to Congress.”
Earlier Shivakumar had said he was in touch with all the MLAs. On Asked about senior ministers resigning to accommodate disgruntled legislators in the cabinet, he said, “I have voluntarily offered.. In the interest of the party if my leaders want I’m ready. ”
On Yeddyurappa-led team’s drought tour, Shivakumar said “good thing that at least now they have got enlightenment to study the drought situation. Karnataka government will give them all cooperation. My compliments to them.”