No disquiet among MLAs over ministerial berths, says Siddaramaiah

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday maintained there was no discontent within Congress now over denial of ministerial berths and expressed confidence that no party MLA would join hands with the BJP. Confident about the Congress-JD(S) coalition government completing its full five-year term, Siddaramaiah, who is also the leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP), said, “There is no one who is dissatisfied… everyone is satisfied now.”

Pointing out he has had talks with everyone who were reportedly unhappy over not becoming a minister, including M B Patil, he said “how much ever BJP tries to entice our MLAs, no one will go.” There was growing discontent among newly elected Congress lawmakers who were left out during the June 6 cabinet expansion, with some openly expressing dissatisfaction and holding separate meetings.

The disquiet that had come out in the open soon after the exercise has gone silent in the last two days following efforts by the party leadership to pacify upset MLAs. Responding to BJP state President B S Yeddyurappa’s comments that several Congress leaders are eager to join his party, Siddaramaiah said Yeddyurappa’s words have no value.

“He (Yeddyurappa) himself doesn’t know what he is talking about,” he told reporters in Mysuru, as he hit out at the BJP, accusing it of trying to entice Congress MLAs with money and posts. He said the coa...

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