Senior Congress chief Siddaramaiah on Friday challenged the ruling BJP in Karnataka to call a pacesetter from the Scheduled Caste group as its subsequent Chief Minister amid speculations that the incumbent B S Yediyurappa will step down. “Nalin Kumar Kateel (state BJP President) had challenged me stating that- let Siddaramaiah announce a Dalit as a CM (candidate). From our get together 4 SC leaders had been the Chief Ministers prior to now like- Shinde (Sushilkumar Shinde) in Maharashtra, Jagannath Pahadia- Rajasthan, Damodaram Sanjeevaiah-Andhra Pradesh,” Siddaramaiah mentioned.
Speaking to reporters right here, he mentioned now there is a chance, let Kateel make an individual from Schedule Caste because the Chief Minister. “Anyways, Yediyurappa will likely be eliminated (from CM put up), now there is a chance for them (BJP), allow them to do it.
Anyways the seat (CM seat) will get vacant after Yediyurappa’s exit, allow them to accomplish that if they’ve love in direction of SCs. They (BJP) don’t respect social justice, however query others,” he added. Amid heightened buzz about management change, Yediyurappa on Thursday had indicated that his exit from the CM put up was imminent.
Reacting to Siddaramaiah, whereas accusing him of orchestrating the defeat of senior Congress chief G Parameshwara, a dalit, within the 2013 meeting polls, to cease him changing into the CM, the state BJP mentioned, “Siddaramaiah talking on Dalit CM challenge is similar as Gandhi household (Sonia and Rajeev Gandhi) preaching about household politics.” Challenging Siddaramaiah, who is a CM aspirant for 2023, to announce a dalit leader as the Congress’ Chief Ministerial candidate, the BJP in a tweet called him a “traitor” of Dalits. Responding to a query on pontiffs of assorted mutts, popping out in assist of Yediyurappa and demanding for his continuation because the chief minister, Siddaramaiah opined that it was not proper on the a part of pontiffs to intrude within the inner affairs of any get together.
“Pontiffs, from whichever group they might be, they need to not meddle in politics. Sharing their opinion is a unique matter…the mandate and the opinion of the folks is most vital in democracy,” he mentioned. Hitting out on the BJP authorities, he mentioned, on the time when they need to be engaged on a war-footing, to assist folks in misery as a consequence of floods and when harm has been precipitated to life and property, they’re going for a change of Chief Minister.
“Whoever could substitute Yediyurappa, because the BJP itself is a corrupt get together and it’s a corrupt authorities, the brand new Chief Minister who will come may even be corrupt. As early as this authorities goes, it’s good for the state,” he added. Responding to a query on his latest go to to Delhi and assembly with former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Siddaramaiah mentioned he has suggested us to work unitedly to overthrow this corrupt BJP authorities within the state and convey again Congress to energy by strengthening it.