Resourceful Karnataka Congress leader and Water Resource Minister D K Shivakumar alleged that both BJP and the media are trying to `malgin’ his name. Stating that they have been repeatedly spreading words that he will be arrested, he asserted that “I am not a criminal. I don’t possess any ill-gotten wealth”.
However, he admitted that “this doesn’t mean that I am naive. I came to Bengaluru to be in politics. I entered Vidhana Soudha at the age of 28”, he added. Shivakumar, who is gearing up to get anticipatory bail, following threats of his arrest, said that he isn’t scared of being investigated. He declared taht so far he haven’t got any notice from the Income Tax department.
Shivakumar, also stated that he would cooperate with Central investigation agencies, as he had nothing to hide. He claimed that he neither had offshore accounts nor properties abroad. Cautioning his political rivals that he is capable of playing politics, he said “Politics is not football. It’s chess, and I’m well versed in it”. He asked that why should he be scared when he haven’t done anything wrong? “I’m clean, honest and dedicated” he added.
Shivakumar alleged that the BJP was making desperate attempts to destabilise the coalition government by poaching ruling party MLAs. “Those MLAs have informed me. But, I know the number game,” he said.