Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said he would remain head of the government for its full five-year tenure. He would not contest anymore elections, but would remain in politics.
He added that he would not accept the post of Governor either.
Replying to the debate thanking Governor H.R. Bhardwaj for his address to the State legislature, Mr. Siddaramaiah, however, promised the Opposition that he would not be vindictive in his decisions as he had no animosity towards them.
To Karnataka Janata Paksha president B.S. Yeddyurappa, who had stated that Mr. Siddaramaiah would not be allowed to continue in his post after the Lok Sabha elections, he said perhaps his bitter experience with his colleagues might have coloured his judgment.
He said the Congress was united and had one single and strong command under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi.
Calling upon politicians to introspect on corruption, he said efforts would be made to reduce the scourge to protect democracy and establish a clean administration. That was why the Congress had returned to power in the State.
But the Opposition pooh-poohed him.