Siddaramaiah refuses blame for collapse of Karnataka coalition, accuses Deve Gowda of not allowing anyone else from JD(S) to grow
Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Friday refuted the charges of former prime minister HD Deve Gowdain which he had allegedly blamed him for his and his grandson's defeat in the 17th Lok Sabha Elections.
File image of Congress leader Siddaramaiah. Getty Images. Siddaramaiah also accused former prime minister Deve Gowda of not allowing anyone else to grow.
"Me and Deve Gowda campaigned in many constituencies. If he blames me for his and his grandson's debacle in the elections, then he should tell me why our candidates lost," Siddaramaiah said in a press conference here.
Cornering JDS patriarch Gowda, Siddaramaiah asked him to explain the reasons behind the defeat of his candidates in the elections and said, "Gowda never allowed someone else to grow. They (JDS) do not even let people from their own caste grow. I have friends in all castes and in all parties".
Gowda had held Siddaramaiah responsible for the collapse of the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government in the state. In the recent Lok Sabha polls, Gowda was defeated from Tumkur while his grandson Nikhil Kumaraswamy lost from Mandya.