CM-Nanaiah meet creates ripples in political circles

In a surprise move, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah dropped in at the residence of senior JD(S) leader M C Nanaiah. The meeting of the leaders has raised eyebrows in the political arena of the district. Former minister Nanaiah is said to be disappointed with the leaders in JD(S).

Siddaramaiah who visited Nanaiah's house near Stuart Hill, in Madikeri, on Tuesday night, had a 25-minute talk with Nanaiah.

District In-charge minister M R Seetaram and leader Chandramouli accompanied the CM.

Though the details of the meeting are unknown, the talk with the CM has gained prominence in the wake of the demand by the followers of Nainaiah to join the Congress.

'Close friends'

Speaking on the occasion, Siddaramaiah said that he and Nanaiah were close friends. He visited him after coming to know that Nanaiah was not in the pink of health. No political discussions were held, the CM said and added that JD(S) could have utilised Nanaiah more. However, Nanaiah has not been invited to Congress, said Siddaramaiah.

'Part of same govt'

Nanaiah said that he and Siddaramaiah have known each other since 1973. They were part of the same government. Later, both went to different parties. "I never ran after power. I was admitted to a hospital in Mangaluru, following an illness. The CM inquired about my health. Politics is always dynamic. I wish Siddaramaiah all the best," Nanaiah added.

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