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Bengaluru, June 3, 2020
Karnataka opposition leader Siddaramaiah created a flutter on Wednesday, saying many disgruntled BJP leaders had met him.
"Many disgruntled BJP lawmakers have met me and, of course, expressed their displeasure," tweeted Siddaramaiah.
Congress leader Siddaramaiah's statements assume significance as recently several reports emerged highlighting some north Karnataka legislators meeting over dinner to put pressure on Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa to expand the cabinet and offer them ministerial roles.
North Karnataka leaders such as Umesh V. Katti, Chitradurga MLA G. H. Thippareddy and Vijayapura MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal and others met over dinner.
However, the Chief Minister said he was too busy to even look at the dissidence because he is occupied with development work of the state and fighting coronavirus (COVID-19).
Siddaramaiah, the former chief minister, alleged that Yediyurappa's son Vijayendra is functioning as a non-constitutional chief minister.
"This is true in the BJP. That dissent will continue. We are not responsible if the government collapses," he pointed out.
The Congress leader said Karnataka has stooped to the level of not being in a position to even pay salaries to its employees.
"The state was the first in economic discipline during our government. Now the government has no money to pay salaries to government employees. Not only the state but the entire country is financially bankrupt," he said.