Sreeramulu, JD-S for defeat of CM in by-polls: Siddaramaiah

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Bangalore, Dec 11: Leader of the Opposition in Karnataka Assembly and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah said JD-S and BJP rebel leaders and Bellary strongman B Sreeramulu have assured support to the party to defeat Chief Minister D V Sadnanada Gowda in the December 22 Legislative Council bye-election.

"We will do everything possible to defeat Sadananda Gowda in the election to the Legislative Council... JD-S and Sreeramulu have assured support to Congress in this regard," he told reporters here. His statement comes in the wake of internal dissensions in the ruling BJP with Sreeramulu claiming to enjoy support of 22 BJP legislators, which is enough to bring down the government. Siddaramaiah said the government would fall if Gowda loses the election.

"In this possible scenario, Karnataka will either be under President's rule or go for fresh elections," he said. He rejected former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa's request to Congress not to field a candidate for the polls, saying, "We will not change our plans to field our candidate. We will definitely field a candidate and make serious efforts to defeat Sadananda Gowda."

On the party's stand on fight against illegal mining if Sreeramulu supports Congress to defeat Gowda, he said there is no question of protecting him. "We will continue our fight against illegal mining despite Sreeramulu's support," Siddaramiah said.

To another query, he said there was no question of External Affairs Minister S M Krishna's resigning following the filing of an FIR against him in the Lokayukta court for his alleged role in dereserving forest land for illegal mining. "The demand for Krishna's resignation is politically motivated. Former Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde has denied his (Krishna's) role in illegal mining.... Demanding Krishna's resignation is incorrect," Siddaramaiah said. He said BJP's recommendation of appointing Justice Bannurmath for Lokayukta post has raised suspicion over its intentions.

The BJP government and Governor H R Bhardwaj are at loggerheads over appointment of Justice Bannurmath as Lokayukta as he is facing allegations of securing allotment of a residential site in judicial layout on a land earmarked for civic amenities.


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