Updated: October 13, 2021 7:27:50 pm
Senior BJP leader BS Yediyurappa and Congress leader Siddaramaiah have denied reports that they “met secretly” in recent days. The denials have come a day after Janata Dal (Secular)’s HD Kumaraswamy alleged that the recent IT raids on an aide of Yediyurappa were triggered by a meeting between the former BJP CM and the former Congress CM.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Siddaramaiah countered Kumaraswamy’s claims and said he met BS Yedyiurappa personally only on his birthday (February 27). “I have not met him personally since then. I am ready to retire from politics if it is (Kumaraswamy’s claims) proved”.
ಮಾಜಿ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ @BSYBJP ಅವರನ್ನು ಅವರ ಹುಟ್ಟುಹಬ್ಬದ ದಿನ ಕಡೇ ಬಾರಿ ನಾನು ಭೇಟಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದು. ಆಮೇಲೆ ಒಂದು ದಿನವೂ ಅವರನ್ನು ವೈಯಕ್ತಿಕವಾಗಿ ಭೇಟಿಯಾಗಿಲ್ಲ. ವೈಯಕ್ತಿಕವಾಗಿ ಒಮ್ಮೆಯಾದರೂ ಭೇಟಿಮಾಡಿದ್ದನ್ನು ಸಾಬೀತು ಮಾಡಿದರೆ ನಾನು ರಾಜಕೀಯ ನಿವೃತ್ತಿ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಳ್ತೇನೆ. 11/13#Kalburgi
— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) October 13, 2021
Yediyurappa also denied the claims made by Kumaraswamy.
“Apart from a meeting on my birthday on February 27, 2020, I have not met opposition leader Siddaramaiah on a personal basis and there has been no need for it too. I am working towards strengthening the BJP to help it return to power in the state,” Yediyurappa said on Twitter on Wednesday.
He added, “I have never compromised on the ideology that I have believed in and will never compromise in the future. As Siddaramaiah has clarified that no such meeting has taken place, I too clarify that the reports in the media in this regard are far from the truth and meaningless.”
ಫೆಬ್ರವರಿ 27, 2020ರಂದು ನಡೆದ ನನ್ನ ಜನ್ಮದಿನದ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ ಹೊರತುಪಡಿಸಿ, ವಿರೋಧಪಕ್ಷದ ನಾಯಕ ಶ್ರೀ ಸಿದ್ದರಾಮಯ್ಯನವರನ್ನು ನಾನು ವೈಯಕ್ತಿಕವಾಗಿ ಭೇಟಿ ಮಾಡಿಲ್ಲ, ಹಾಗೆ ಭೇಟಿ ಮಾಡುವ ಅಗತ್ಯವೂ ನನಗಿಲ್ಲ. ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಿಜೆಪಿಯನ್ನು ಮತ್ತೊಮ್ಮೆ ಅಧಿಕಾರಕ್ಕೆ ತರುವ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ, ಪಕ್ಷದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವು ಕಾರ್ಯನಿರ್ವಹಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ. (1/2)
— B.S. Yediyurappa (@BSYBJP) October 13, 2021
Former CM and JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy had suggested that the recent IT raids on Umesh Ayanur, an aide of Yediyurappa, were carried out to “check the political ambitions” of Yediyurappa, and that the central BJP was aware of a meeting held by the former BJP CM and the former Congress CM.
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