Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday lashed out at former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy for leveling “cash-for-posting” allegations against his son. He said the Janata Dal (Secular) (JDS) leader is “desperate for attention” and has “become an expert at coming up with conspiracy theories”.
Kumaraswamy said in a tweet, “This video clip is a proof that ‘Cash for Posting’ is a practice of posting jobs for money in Karnataka. Congress’ recovery efforts have come to the fore. Do we need more proof that Karnataka’s debt collection king, father and son of Karnataka’s debt collection king have been extorting money? The Prime Minister is running a transfer business without shame.”
What Siddaramaja said
Siddaramaiah criticized HD Kumaraswamy for making up “conspiracy theories” on the video and clarified that the phone conversation he had with his son was about corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds and not ‘cash for transfer’ as claimed by Kumaraswamy.
The CM said his conversation with Yathindra Siddaramaiah was related to the development of government schools in Varuna constituency.
“The document that was released was signed by Mysuru Taluk BEO (Block Education Officer) Vivekananda. The phone conversation was about this Vivekananda who had signed the list of schools for development,” the CM said.
However, he alleged that Kumaraswamy had come up with the name of an officer named Vivekananda on a transfer list.
Siddaramaiah accused Kumaraswamy of “making up stories” using only the name ‘Vivekananda’. He said, “Many people may have similar names. Former BJP MLA MP Kumaraswamy was convicted in a check bounce case. Did we say it was HD Kumaraswamy? When Kumaraswamy made fun of himself by calling ‘Yellidyappa Nikhil’, everyone responded with the name Nikhil Kumaraswamy?”
Demanding an apology from the JD(S) leader, Siddaramaiah said, “There is still a chance for Kumaraswamy to accept his mistake and publicly apologize for his failed attempt. Instead of building on lies, he should should end with an apology.”
“As a responsible political leader, one should present facts and not conspiracy theories…Instead of wasting time in creating false narratives, he should talk to his alliance partners and ensure justice for Karnataka on various issues,” the Karnataka CM added.
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