Hitting back at BJP state President for his offensive against him, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday said B S Yeddyurappa was under the “illusion” of becoming the CM again and asserted that Congress will return to power in 2018 Assembly elections.
“I ask Yeddyurappa, not to be under illusion. People of Karnataka will not bless (him) again. Under my leadership and Sonia and Rahul Gandhi’s, we are hoping to win the 2018 assembly elections,” Siddaramaiah told reporters on completion of three years of his rule.
Yeddyurappa on Friday had said Siddaramaiah would ensure he would be the last Congress Chief Minister in the state. “The three-year rule of Siddaramaiah has pushed the people of the state into a misery. After looking at three-year rule, it looks like Siddaramaiah will ensure that he will be the last Congress Chief Minister in the state,” he had said.
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There was no doubt among the people about his retaining power in the next elections, but a person like Yeddyurappa, who had been to jail in a graft case, did not have the moral right to make such comments against him, Siddaramaiah said. “I think, the BJP is under illusion. After indulging in corruption and having been imprisoned and losing Chief Minister’s post, such a person making such comments is untenable… he does not have any moral right to utter such words,” Siddaramaiah said.
Asked what was the need for him to declare Rs 70 lakh worth luxury Hublot watch, “gifted” to him, as state asset after a controversy over it and his son Yatindra Siddaramaiah to quit Matrix Images Solution, if opposition’s allegations were baseless, Siddaramaiah said he advised his son to quit the company, not because he violated any law.
“I only advised my son to quit the company, not because he has committed a mistake or he had violated the law. I only advised – as long as I am in power you (son) don’t be a member of any company. I only advised him to quit,” he said.