Bengaluru, May 22: Former Karnataka Minister and senior Congress leader Roshan Baig today held former Chief Minister and Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President Dinesh Gundu Rao as responsible for poor performance of the Party in the 2018 Assembly election and now in Lok Sabha election as per Exit Poll predictions.
“Arrogancy of Siddaramaiah and his indulgence to dividing religion, always blaming the leaders of a particular religion being a Chief Minister and his style of functioning was not as a statesman and all these contributed for the party's debacle in the 2014 Assembly election and now in the Lok Sabha polls as per Exit Poll prediction,” he added.
Baig demanded resignation of Siddaramaiah and Gundu Rao owning moral responsibility for the poor performance of the party. “If they have any morality both of them should step down instead of waiting for us to demand their resignation”, he added.
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Baig said that “ I am pained after reading exit poll survey report. As Congress worker, I am expressing my opinion on behalf of all the party workers who were disappointed on the poor performance only because of arrogant attitude by some leaders including Siddaramaiah and Dinesh Gundu Rao”.
Taking strong exception for ignoring Minority leaders in the recently concluded Lok Sabha election, Baig said that “Muslim voters were taken for granted and they thought that we are Vote Banks and will never leave the party and always vote in favour of Congress despite their interests were neglected and ignored their (Muslim) leaders.”
When asked about role of of AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal, who is in-charge of party affairs in Karnataka, Baig came down heavily and termed him (Venugopal) as a ‘Buffoon’. He doesn’t know anything about State politics and has not understood the reality. Replying to a question, Baig said that “ I have not decided about quitting Congress.”
To another question, Baig said that “how can it be possible for Siddaramaiah to become Chief Minister when the party has no majority. “It was he who went to JDS, begging them to join hands to form the government despite there is no required number and now he is not allowing Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to function”. UNI