Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah has strongly dismissed BJP state chief BS Yeddyurappa’s claims that the JD(S)-Congress coalition is on the way to collapse in the state. Dismissing Yeddyurappa’s claim that the state government would collapse on June 1, Siddaramaiah dared him to resign from his post if his prediction did not come true.
He asserted that the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress government was a “strong” one and ridiculed state BJP president BS Yeddyurappa for repeatedly claiming that the coalition will collapse.
In a series of tweets, he also said the people’s mandate was for continuation of the BJP-led government at the Centre and not for “toppling” the state government. “Yeddyurappa has been saying for the past one year the government will fall. He will continue to say the same for the next four years. I am confident the government is strong,” Siddaramaiah said.
Referring to Prime Minister Narenda Modi bowing to the Constitution after being elected leader of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance on Saturday, he sought to know which article in the Constitution gave the BJP the right to topple a state government.
“@BSYBJP (Yeddyurappa) claims to form the govt inspite of not having the number. This is not a new drama but this is continuously misleading the public. Mr. @narendramodi bowed to the Constitution but in which article has the constitution given the right for @BJP4India to destabilise our govt (sic),” the Congress Legislature Party leader asked.
He asserted that all Congress lawmakers, including dissident leader Ramesh Jarkiholi, were with the party and nobody was leaving.