Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar on Tuesday said the JDS-Congress alliance is a ‘close chapter’. Shivakumar reacted to the statements made by JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy, showing no interest in the matter. Shivakumar said there was no point in talking about who was responsible for destabilizing the alliance.
DK Shivakumar’s statement comes days after HD Kumaraswamy blamed his predecessor Siddaramaiah for the collapse of the JD(S)-Congress coalition government.
Shivakumar said on Tuesday, “I am not interested in discussing or talking about the close chapter issue. Who is responsible for destabilizing the coalition government. Go ahead and just ask them who said it.”
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Kumaraswamy had accused his colleague that Siddaramaiah wanted to become the leader of the opposition, hence, he toppled the coalition government in the state. Simultaneously, he accused Siddaramaiah of ruining the lives of 23 Congress ministers and said that he was also responsible for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coming to power in the state. Tension between the two leaders escalated when Kumaraswamy said that the Congress leader had met BJP leader and former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.
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Reacting to the recent Income Tax raids in Karnataka, Kumaraswamy had said, “Siddaramaiah is responsible for it. The raids were conducted soon after meeting Yediyurappa. Siddaramaiah is power hungry.”
Responding to the statements, Shivakumar said that the Congress is only interested in serving the people of the state and empowering the party. “That’s why I don’t want to talk on the closed issue,” he said.
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