Echoing the voice of former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, Minister Jagadish Shettar held former chief minister Siddaramaiah responsible for the collapse of the JD(S) – Congress coalition government. Speaking to reporters here, Shettar said he had stated within days of the coalition government was formed that Siddaramaiah had kept time bomb for the government. “Now, my prediction has turned true,” he claimed.
“A few days after the Lok Sabha elections, Siddaramaiah sent his close aides somewhere and that created fissures in the coalition. His plan was smelled by Deve Gowda, who was monitoring Siddaramaiah by tapping his phone. Siddaramaiah is now very happy internally as the phone tapping case has been handed over to CBI,” he said. Shettar clarified that the state government handed over the phone tapping case to the CBI without any intention of getting revenge but had acted as per the request of Siddaramaiah himself. Responding to MLC Basavaraj Horatti’s prediction that Umesh Kattiwould leave BJP, Shettar said Horatti was clueless about his own future. “Though Horatti is a seven-time MLC, the JD(S) leadership did not allot him a cabinet berth. Our party leadership is convincing Katti and he will not quit BJP,” he said
He expressed ignorance about the attempt by disqualified MLAs to meet Amit Shah in Delhi on Friday. Both sides made mistakes: MLC Allegations and counter allegations between former PM HD Deve Gowda and former CM Siddaramaiah are not a good development, said MLC Basavaraj Horatti. Speaking to reporters here on Friday, Horatti opined that mistakes were committed by both sides in the coalition and there was no use in quarrelling after losing power. “It is true that there was no whole-hearted consent in both parties to form the government. As a senior most leader, Deve Gowda has made some comments. But the counter by Siddaramaiah is not good. After these statements, I think, coalition won’t continue,” he said.
Agreeing with Shettar’s remark on him, Horatti said he was deprived of a ministerial berth in the coalition government. “But we never said we will bring Umesh Katti to the party and make him a minister. Both Katti and Balachandra Jarkiholi said they are disturbed and so I casually invited them to JD(S) with the intention of uniting Janata Pariwar leaders,” he added. He also admitted that JD(S) neglected North Karnataka completely when it was in power and limited itself to Old Mysuru. “I pray that JD(S) status in the region improves. We will express our opinion about the mistakes committed by JD(S) in a party forum,” he said.