Veteran politician Vishwanath announces retirement from Politics

Veteran politician Vishwanath announces retirement from Politics

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Mysuru, Aug 4 : Former Karnataka JDS President A H Vishwanath, who was disqualified recently by the Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar for violating party's whip, on Sunday declared that he will retire from election politics.

Speaking to newsmen here on Sunday, he said that neither the rebel MLAs nor BJP was responsible for fall of the JD(S)-Congress coalition government in the State. He alleged that the government fell due to disgrantulness among the leaders of the Congress and JDS leaders.

He said that he resigned from the MLA post as well as the JD(S) State President post due to humiliation meted out to him by the party leaders.

All other MLAs who tendered resignation took step for the same reason, he said and added that no MLAs are sold to BJP and there was no Operation Lotus.

Stating that the allegations by former Minister Sa Ra Mahesh that he had sold himself to BJP for Rs 28 crore was far from truth, Vishwanath said that "I quit Congress party due to Siddaramaiah. But his torture continued in JD(S) too and I was not allowed wherever Siddaramaiah was present."

Vishwanath alleged that Siddaramaiah has greed for power. He said that while former AICC President Rahul Gandhi tendered resignation for AICC Presidentship following the defeat in Lok Sabha elections, Siddaramaiah had not even discussed the reasons for the defeat .(UNI)