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Karnataka CM makes an honest admission: I am not 100% honest

PTI  Bangalore, August 30, 2013
First Published: 00:44 IST(30/8/2013) | Last Updated: 00:48 IST(30/8/2013)

Politicians seldom admit in public that they are not honest and they accept money to fight elections. Well, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah turned out to be different on Thursday when he said “it would be self-deception if I say that I am 100% honest”.

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It’s not as if he has revealed something which is unknown in the public domain. But it’s the open admission that earned him a round of applause at a function, organised by “Rashtriya Navanirmana Vedike”, to mark the 87th birth anniversary of former CM Ramakrishna Hegde.

“It’s true that standards in politics have gone down”, said Siddaramaiah, who was in the cabinet of Hegde, heading the then Janata Party government in the 1980s.

“It’s true that today you need money and muscle power”, said Siddaramaiah, who completed 100 days in office earlier this month heading the Congress government which assumed office ousting BJP. The CM who has the distinction of presenting as many as eight state budgets, added “people give money during elections. We have to accept that politics has become polluted”.


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