Bengaluru: Former Karnataka chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah has held media responsible for ‘causing trouble’ between the allies in Karnataka. Speaking to media persons on Monday, he said, “You (media) are the people who create trouble. You ask one person, then a second person and then a third person. There is no trouble, I will speak to HD Kumaraswamy.”

Earlier, Chief Minister Kumaraswamy had warned the Congress to control its lawmakers who were “crossing the line”. His remarks came amid leaders of the Congress-JDS alliance government, including some ministers, pitching for Siddaramaiah to become chief minister.

“Congress leaders have to watch all those issues, I’m not the concerned person for it. If they want to continue with it, I’m ready to step down. They’re crossing line…Congress leaders must control their MLAs,” Kumaraswamy was quoted by ANI as saying.

On Saturday, Kumaraswamy had also alleged that Operation Lotus was still on. He claimed that Opposition BJP was continuing its Operation Lotus to topple the JDS-Congress government. Accusing BJP and its state president BS Yeddyurappa of offering a ‘gift’ to a legislator, he said the MLA informed him that he had rejected the gift.

“Operation Lotus is on. Last night also they have telephoned a Congress legislator, asking him where to send the gift,” Kumaraswamy told reporters. The Chief Minister’s allegation comes days after Yeddyurappa claimed that the BJP would not destabilise the ruling coalition.

Four Congress MLAs had skipped a crucial legislature party meeting on January 18, indicating all was not well within the party.