KPCC Prez downplays Siddu's comments, says govt will complete full term

Mangaluru: While Siddaramaiah's statements at a public platform, on Friday, expressing his desire to become chief minister once more, cast aspersions on the stability of the coalition government, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee(KPCC) President Dinesh Gundu Rao seemed to downplay the same by claiming that the coalition government will complete the full term of five years.

Stating that he was not aware of the former chief minister's statement or the context in which it was made, Gundu Rao said that Siddaramaiah himself had claimed that he will not contest the next elections. Further, he added that the Congress party had extended unconditional support to JD(S) keeping in view the interest of the state and they will complete the full tenure. He was speaking at a press meet held at DC's office here on Saturday, August 25.

Responding to queries on a remark made by the former chief minister, that opposition prevented him from becoming chief minister, Rao said that nowhere Siddaramaiah had hinted at opposition from within the party. He could have been referring to opposition from outside the party and not within, he said and asked media persons not to distort the statement. 
The former chief minister, while addressing a public meeting at Hassan, on Friday said, "With the blessings of the people" of Karnataka, he could once again take over as the Chief Minister of the state. Opposition joined hands to prevent me from becoming the chief minister for the second consecutive term. Unfortunately, I lost, but this is not the end. In politics winning and losing are common."

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