Endorsing his son and former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy’s accusation against former chief minister Siddaramaiah’s role in collapse of 15-month-old Congress-JDS coalition government, former prime minister HD Deve Gowda too alleged that Siddaramaiah never wanted the Congress-JD(S) coalition government to function properly and kept trying to undermine it.
“Siddaramaiah’s close friends say that he did not want the coalition government to run and everyone knows that my son Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah always had fights. We should have thought about this while forming the coalition. After (Congress president) Sonia Gandhi decided to put my son in the chief minister’s chair, it has increased differences between Siddaramaiah and Kumaraswamy. Not me, but Siddaramaiah’s friends themselves says this,” Gowda added.
He also said the JD(S) had sacrificed a lot to make Siddaramaiah happy, but nothing helped. “We had given the Pollution Control Board chief’s post to Siddaramaiah’s close associate. We later gave a cabinet portfolio that was reserved for the JD(S). However, even that didn’t satisfy Siddaramaiah. What more can be done? It was Sonia Gandhi’s decision to give the coveted chair to Kumaraswamy and not ours,” Gowda said.
Speaking about the rebellion of Congress and JD(S) law makers who fled to Mumbai and camped at a city hotel there for several days till the coalition government fell, Gowda said, “We had made all the sacrifices for Siddaramaiah, but all of a sudden, his close associates submitted resignations and camped in Mumbai. I don’t need to explain what it means.”