‘Congress must stop trying to sabotage coalition govt,’ says Karnataka JD(S) chief

Updated on May 13, 2019 01:08 PM IST
The JD(S) and the Congress leaders’ spat came after Viswanath had raised questions about Siddaramaiah’s performance in the previous government.
After Vishwanath’s criticism on Sunday, Siddaramaiah had said the JD(S) leader was speaking out of “jealousy”.(PTI/File Photo)
After Vishwanath’s criticism on Sunday, Siddaramaiah had said the JD(S) leader was speaking out of “jealousy”.(PTI/File Photo)
New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

The JD(S) Karnataka Unit Chief H Vishwanath has accused the Congress of trying to sabotage the coalition government in the state as he criticised the grand old party leader Siddaramaiah’s performance as the chief minister in the past.

Viswanath’s comments on Sunday had triggered a war of words between the two leaders and Siddaramaiah had said he will raise it in the next coordination committee meeting of the Congress-JD(S) coalition.

The JD(S) and the Congress leaders’ spat came after the growing demand within the grand old party for giving the chief minister’s post to Siddaramaiah.

Viswanath had raised questions about Siddaramaiah’s performance in the previous government and termed the demand as “chamchagiri” or flattery on part of the Congress leaders asking for him to be the chief minister.

“Congress leaders must stop their mischievous attitude. They must stop trying to sabotage the coalition government. They can do all this politics in 2022, this isn’t the time. We had brought Siddaramaiah to Congress, we created a situation that made him the CM,” Vishwanath was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

The next assembly election will be held in Karnataka in 2022.

After Vishwanath’s criticism on Sunday, Siddaramaiah had said the JD(S) leader was speaking out of “jealousy”. “...I will talk about it in the coordination committee. I will not speak publicly on it,” he said.

The Congress-Janata Dal(Secular) alliance government in the southern state has faced a turbulent time since it came to power in the state on May 23, 2018, after the state assembly elections.

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