The Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah has been the talk of the town following his Rs 70 lakh watch controversy. The opposition had raised this issue during the recent by-polls. Siddaramaiah however went on the defensive and said that it was a gift from his friend.
He also went on to say that he would pay the required tax and the watch was a property of the state. Was this defence enough? Not at all since the opposition continues to hound him and many within his party who have been gunning for his ouster have decided to take this issue up to the high command.
High Command will keep a watch
The Congress High Command in New Delhi has not yet taken any decision on Siddaramaiah. In the past two weeks there have been a spate of complaints against him by his own colleagues.
Bengaluru, Feb 27: The complaints include a lacklustre campaign by the CM at the Hebbal constituency since he could not get his preferred candidate a ticket.
The recent polls conducted to the local bodies may have favoured the Congress, but many expected them to do better.
To add to the misery is this watch controversy. A Congress leader from Karnataka on condition of anonymity informed OneIndia that it amounts to corruption. The CM cannot take gifts as it does convey a wrong message. We have told the high command about it and left it up to them he also said.
The High Command for the time being has chosen not to react. The Congress is in no mood to lose out any governments in the states. The Congress has decided to tread very carefully on this issue.
A lot would depend on the opposition especially the BJP plays this controversy out. Currently it is only the JD(S) which is making a loud noise about this issue.