Ahead of meet on Cabinet rejig, KPCC chief calls on Krishna

Siddaramaiah plays down the meeting, says no need to react

Ahead of meet on Cabinet rejig, KPCC chief calls on Krishna

A day before Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s scheduled meeting with his political bosses in New Delhi, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G Parameshwara met former chief minister S M Krishna, sparking off speculations in the party circles.

Parameshwara, who is vying for the deputy chief minister post, met Krishna at his residence on Saturday morning, before leaving for New  Delhi to meet Digvijay Singh, who is in charge of party affairs in Karnataka.

Though Parameshwara told the media that he had called on Krishna to check on his health and to convey his Dasara wishes, the meeting gains significance as it comes a day before the Congress high command is expected to take a call on the Cabinet expansion and reshuffle.

Krishna has twice reached out to All India Congress Committee chief Sonia Gandhi expressing his dissatisfaction over the party affairs in Karnataka and the functioning of the Siddaramaiah government.

With the rift between Parameshwara and Siddaramaiah widening owing to their growing differences, sources said that the KPCC chief is hoping that Krishna will impress upon the high command to consider his demands.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has downplayed Krishna-Parameshwara meeting. Speaking to mediapersons in Mysuru, the chief minister said that he did not find any need to react for the meeting.

“There are many leaders in the party. They meet each other to discuss many things, including issues related to the progress of the party and its activities. I will inform the media before leaving for Delhi,” he said. The chief minister added that he would travel to New Delhi soon to discuss with the party leaders about the Cabinet expansion.

He said that Karnataka has released Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu as per the distress formula, in September. “Now, there is no water in our reservoirs and hence it is impossible to release water. The issue will be sorted out legally.”

Reacting to a recent report of the Indian Institute of Science that Yettinahole project was not beneficial for the people, he said, “Even the government has taken up the project based on a scientific study. After implementation of the project, the people of the plains will get 24 tmc feet of water.” 

He said that the government was serious about enacting the anti-superstition law. The views of the people have been sought on the draft legislation and the government will take a decision based on the feedback, he added.

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