Ballari: Wherever Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah goes in the state, his supporters raise slogans hailing him as the next Chief Minister. On Monday in Koppal, Siddaramaiah clarified that the party will decide on the next chief minister once the party wins the next Assembly election. However, on Tuesday in Ballari, the former CM was confronted with similar questions from reporters.
When asked if he was being projected as the next Chief Minister of the state, the LOP quickly responded, “I never said I would be the next Chief Minister of the state. I never said this anywhere, and no discussion regarding this was held on the party platform as well. “
Speaking to reporters at Jindal Airstrip here on Tuesday, the former Chief Minister once again clarified this issue. Stating that he never claimed that he would be the next Chief Minister. “Some legislators, out of love, claim that I will be the next Chief Minister, but it is their opinion and the party’s high command will take a final call on this,” said Siddaramaiah.
Meanwhile, Kampli MLA JN Ganesh and Hagaribommanhalli MLA LBP Bhima Naik reiterated that Siddaramaiah would be the next Chief Minister of the state.
He criticised the state government and the police for protecting MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi who is facing allegations of rape. The opposition leader said that the police made unnecessary delays in arresting him and, in fact, protecting him.
Siddu demands a judicial investigation.
Siddaramaiah urged the government to conduct a judicial probe into the allegations made by BJP leaders AH Vishawanth and Basavangouda Patil Yatnal that BS Yediyurappa’s son BY Vijeyendra had garnered assets in illegal ways.
Former minister Santosh Lad, Ballari Rural MLA B Nagendra, former MP VS Ugrappa and others were present.