Bengaluru, Apr 25: Incumbent Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of hung Assembly in the Karnataka elections, scheduled to take place on May 12. In an interview with news agency ANI, Siddaramaiah said he is confident of winning from both Badami and Chamundeshwari constituencies, adding that the Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s campaigning will have a huge impact in Karnataka elections. Also Read - West Bengal Election 2021: BJP Likely to Release First List of Candidates With 60 Names Soon
“There will be no hung assembly, I am very clear about it. Therefore this question doesn’t arise at all. I will 100 per cent win in both Badami and Chamundeshwari. I don’t have any strong opponent in these two places,” Siddaramaiah said. An opinion poll recently predicted hung Assembly in Karnataka with Congress being projected to emerge as the largest party with between 78 and 86 seats. Also Read - Centre Targeting Those Supporting Farmers: Rahul Gandhi on I-T Raids on Taapsee Pannu & Anurag Kashyap
“The youth in Karnataka like Rahul Gandhi and his campaigning in the state has had a big impact on the youth. Victory in Karnataka will be a stepping stone for Congress for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls,” he confidently added. He denied accepting that he is a game changer and said,”I am just a symbolic head of the Govt. People are happy with us, we have fulfilled promises.” Also Read - West Bengal Assembly Election 2021: Suvendu to Get Ticket From Nandigram? BJP to Finalise List of 60 Names Today
Speaking on allegations that Janata Dal-Secular or JDS elements are more powerful in Congress, Siddaramaiah said he is 100 per cent a Congressman and have no links with his former party. “Deve Gowda had expelled me from the party (JDS). How come I will have any relationship with him? I’m 100 per cent Congressman, my friends are also Congressmen,” the Congress leader said.
The Karnataka Chief Minister attacked Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah and said he was just playing communal politics. “Amit Shah is not at all a good strategist, what strategy has he got in Karnataka? Except for communal clashes nothing else,” Siddaramaiah said.