Yedi not a good CM candidate: Siddaramaiah

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Bangalore, Mar 22: KPCC Poll Campaign Committee Chairman Siddaramaiah today said it would be disadvantagious for the BJP to project former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa as a Chief Ministerial candidate ahead of the Assembly polls.

Speaking at a meet the press programme organised by Bangalore Press Club and Reporters Guild here, he said Mr Yeddyurappa had failed miserably as a Finance Minister while the JD(S) and the BJP ruled the state for 20 months.

He said the BJP leader tried to achieve what he could not do during his 20-month tenure as finance minister in just in six days as a Chief Minister in regard to issuing of BPL cards to about 15 lakh population, he said adding that he was now blaming the Governor for not implementing it.

He said that if BJP continues with such political gimmicks to blame the Governor and think of using it as a trumph card in the elections it would not work out.

Mr Siddaramaiah said that it was not a practise of the Congress party to announce the Chief Ministerial candidate in advance of the assembly polls as it believes in collective leadership.

Stating that Congress was fully ready to face the Assembly polls even if it was held in May, he said the party had already set up various committees related to campaigning for the elections. "We are eagarly awaiting for the Election Commission to announce the dates of the elections," he claimed.

Favouring a single party rule in the state, he said Congress would come to power on its own and it was clear from the support and confidence the people expressed during the recent Janandalon programme conducted in 27 districts.

"People are fed up with the functioning of coalition set ups as they could not fulfill their expectations and solve their problems.

They know that it is only Congress which could give them a stable government," he added.

UNI

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