Finally, Vishwanath says he will quit Cong

Finally, Vishwanath says he will quit Cong
Senior Congress leader Adagur H Vishwanath on Friday announced that he is quitting the Congress.

“I was overjoyed when Siddaramaiah became the chief minister. Now, I am leaving the Congress with a lot of pain inflicted by the same person,” the former minister and MP said.

Speaking at a special meeting organised by Vishwanath Abhimani Balaga here, he said he however, was yet to take a decision on joining any other party. “I will hold discussions with my followers and friends and take a decision at the right time.”

“I have been with the Congress for more than 40 years. I have helped many get political recognition. The Congress is like my mother. I had dreamt of becoming the chief minister. But, I sacrificed my desire and became instrumental in making Siddaramaiah the chief minister. Now, I am leaving the party only because of him.”

He said he made all efforts to facilitate Siddaramaiah’s entry into the Congress, when he (Siddaramaiah) had identified himself with the Ahinda movement and came out of the JD(S). “I spoke to Sonia Gandhi, S M Krishna, Dharam Singh, Mallikarjun Kharge and other leaders and convinced them. But, within two years of becoming the chief minister, Siddaramaiah changed. This led to difference of opinion between us and caused a rift. I was unnecessarily dragged into his expensive watch controversy. But, Siddaramaiah did not even have the courtesy to visit me in hospital when I was ill,” said Vishwanath.

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