Karnataka govt will last full term: Siddaramaiah

Bengaluru: Dismissing accusations of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of a possible rift between the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government that is at the helm in Karnataka, the state’s former chief minister Siddaramaiah said the government would complete its full five years in the state.

Addressing media here, Siddaramaiah said that the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy was “going in the right direction.”

“We are one. The Karnataka Government is moving in the right direction. The BJP should stop worrying about this and worry about the promises made by them and by Prime Minister Modi. The Parliamentary elections are coming,” he further added.

Siddaramaiah further said that the expansion of the cabinet would take place in the third week of September.

The JDS-Congress coalition government, which completed 100 days in power on Thursday, won the legislative elections held in May after the BJP, despite emerging as the single largest party, failed to establish a majority in the state assembly.

However, recent reports have highlighted an alleged rift in the coalition government, especially after Siddaramaiah, earlier this month, claimed that with the blessings of the people of the state, he would once again take over as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.