Weeks after the coalition government in Karnataka collapsed, Congress leader Siddaramaiah spoke to reporters and said that HD Kumaraswamy should have trusted him as a friend and not considered him an enemy
Mysuru: Congress and JDS continue to launch scathing attacks at each other. The latest being Siddaramaiah, who on Sunday (August 25) slammed JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy for treating him as an "enemy" and indicated that it led to the fall of the coalition government headed by the latter.
His comments were in response to Kumaraswamy's recent interview to a news portal, in which he reportedly said Siddaramaiah treated JD(S) as its first enemy.
However, Kumaraswamy on Sunday clarified that he had not made such remarks and his interview had been 'distorted'.
"He (Kumaraswamy) started nurturing a grudge against me by treating me as an enemy. Instead of the foe, had he considered me as a friend, a trusted man and an ally from the coalition party, nothing would have happened," Siddaramaiah told reporters in Mysuru.
The Congress stalwart charged Kumaraswamy with "hiding" his failure by blaming others.
"How can I be an enemy? Those who don't know how to rule say such things," Siddaramaiah said.
The JD(S) leader had reportedly alleged that Siddaramaiah was never happy with the government formation under him.
Almost a month after the fall of the coalition government, a political slugfest has broken out between Congress leader Siddaramaiah and the JD(S) first family led by former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda with each blaming the other for it.
The JD(S) patriarch had termed as "wrong" the decision of Congress high command to make Kumaraswamy the chief minister without taking Siddaramaiah into confidence before forming the coalition government, saying the Congress strongman in the state was unable to accept it.
Siddaramaiah had rubbished the charge the very next day, terming the allegations "baseless, politically motivated and false".
The Congress-JD(S) government collapsed on July 22 after the confidence motion moved by chief minister HD Kumaraswamy was defeated in the Assembly, bringing to an end his 14-month long turbulent tenure marked by dissidence within the Congress.
Siddaramaiah had come under criticism after the government collapsed as most of the rebel Congress MLAs, including ST Somashekar, Byrathi Basavaraj, MTB Nagaraj, Munirathna and K Sudhakar, were considered his loyalists.
However, rubbishing claims that he instigated those MLAs to resign and destabilise the government, Siddaramaiah had alleged the unilateral style of functioning of the JD(S) leadership led to the collapse of the government.
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