Sharief will remain in Congress, says CM

Siddu denies secret pact with BJP at some LS constituencies

Even as former Union minister C K Jaffer Sharief is showing signs of quitting the Congress party, that has gained ground after his meeting with Janata Dal (Secular) supremo H D Deve Gowda, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, on Sunday, exuded confidence that Sharief will not desert Congress.

Speaking to media persons, on his arrival in the city, Siddaramaiah, though conceded that Sharief is miffed at being denied ticket to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections from Bangalore Central constituency, was confident of his stay in the party. His action cannot be considered as that of a rebel too, clarified Siddaramaiah.

“The high command has taken the decision to issue ticket to State Youth Congress president Rizwan Arshad only in the interest of promoting youngsters”, Siddaramaiah said.

Siddaramaiah predicted good future for the party and termed the BJP as the main rival, while JD(S) too is not behind in giving a good fight in some segments. 

He also pooh-poohed the rumours that Congress has a secret pact with the BJP, with the latter party fielding dummy candidates in some of the constituencies to facilitate Congress. “Congress party will not have a truck with a communal party like BJP, while the JD(S) may do so”, shot back Siddaramaiah.

Confusion over the issuing of tickets, especially in Shimoga, is expected to be sorted out on Monday, said Siddaramaiah.

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