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    Siddaramaiah sparks row over remarks on Lingayat, Vokkaligas

    Synopsis

    Siddaramaiah is purportedly heard saying Lingayats, a prominent community seen backing the BJP, were now distancing themselves from Lingayat strongman and CM B S Yediyurappa, and the Vokkaligas.

    Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah
    BENGALURU: Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday found himself in the midst of a row over his purported remarks about two dominant communities in the State in a video that has gone viral.

    The comments were reportedly made during a private conversation with a few Congress leaders recently.

    Siddaramaiah is purportedly heard saying Lingayats, a prominent community seen backing the BJP, were now distancing themselves from Lingayat strongman and Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, and the Vokkaligas, another dominant community, disenchanted with the JD(S) and H D Kumaraswamy.

    Yediyurappa and Kumaraswamy flayed Siddaramaiah, who is opposition leader in the state assembly, for his alleged comments.

    "He is behaving like a dictator as if he is holding all the responsibilities. He believes that the people were with him. I am unable to comprehend why (such) statements are made," Yediyurappa said.

    The Chief Minister claimed Siddaramaiah has been trying to create confusion in the Congress.

    He reminded him that people were closely noticing all his activities.

    Sharing the video, the state BJP unit too slammed the Congress veteran for not rising above "caste based politics."

    "India is progressing forward. Will the master of "Appeasement Politics" ever grow beyond Caste?" the party tweeted.

    Retorting, Siddaramaiah said "Casual private discussion at my residence is being misinterpreted by BJP leaders to derive sadistic pleasure."

    "Illumination of truth shall always prevail over the darkness of lies. This will be my Deepavali message to my political rivals," Siddaramaiah tweeted.


    He said Ambedkar, Gandhiji, 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara and noted Kannada poet Kuvempu were his inspiration for his commitment to social justice and his effort to dismantle caste structure.

    "The statement in the video is, in fact, my expression of happiness that people see beyond the caste to decide their representatives. This is a sign of social progress and matured electorate. What is wrong if I say that people are being secular?" Siddaramaiah sought to know.

    Kumaraswamy also slammed Siddaramaiah for his comments in the video.

    "Siddaramaiah is pure secular and we, who had supported him, are communal...," Kumaraswamy sarcastically said.
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    5 Comments on this Story

    Monoranjan Bezboruah358 days ago
    This Criminal is the source of all the recent problems in that State. Surely and certainly, this Punk will pay for his escapades with the Law, Justice, Decency and Morality. Get ready for a very sad sad end, my Friend! He killed that woman to win the Election!
    Som Karamchetty358 days ago
    PM Modi, HM Amit Shah, and President Kovind should think deeply about the caste problems in India and constitute a national study group to do a deep think about this national problem and to suggest a plan to start a national campaign against caste divisions and to institute educational, cultural, social, and economic measures to eliminate such considerations within a selected timeframe.
    Kishore Shivani358 days ago
    AMBEDKAR AND VP SINGH FOR THEIR OWN VESTED INTERESTS AND GREED FOR POWER BY MANIPULATING THE CONSTITUTION HAVE PERPETUATED CASTE SYSTEM ON THE NATION FOR WHICH COUNTRY IS PAYING THE PENALTY OF CHURNING OUT THRU RESERVATIONSAND QUOTAS HOARDES OF UNSKILLED UNTALENTED INCOMPETENT LAZY PARASITES BRED ON FREEBIES AND SUBSIDIES. AND AS A RESULT WE HAVE A NATION HOARDES OF UNEMPLOBLE YOUTH JUST AS GANDHI THE TRAITOR TO HINDUS ALLOWED MUSLIMS TO STAY IN TH COUNTRY WHO BREED LIKE TERMITES AND COCKROACHES AND CREATE POPULATION EXPLOSION LEADING TO UNEMPLOYMENT.
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