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Updated: May 9, 2013 03:54 IST

This is my last election: Siddaramaiah

Shankar Bennur
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Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly and Congress leader Siddaramaiah, who missed becoming the Chief Minister twice in his political career spanning over three decades, is a happy man today. He is a strong aspirant for the Chief Minister’s post. His supporters in the Mysore region are hoping to see him in the top slot.

Excerpts of his interaction with presspersons after his victory in Mysore on Wednesday:

Q. Your first reaction to the party’s impressive win?

A. I thank the people for blessing the Congress and bringing it to power in the State. I also thank AICC president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Did you expect to win?

Absolutely. The people of Karnataka were fed up with the Bharatiya Janata Party’s governance.

There was a clear wave against the BJP. My prediction of a BJP rout has come true.

How many seats did you expect to win?

I was sure of getting the majority. I had expected 125 seats and the party has come very close to that number.

What do you want to convey to the people?

The party will give a stable and clean government; a corruption-free governance.

Are you in the race for the CM’s post?

It is left to the party high command.

Have you spoken to the high command after the poll verdict?

No. If need be, I will go to New Delhi.

Was this your last electoral battle?

Yes, this was my last election.

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Our state needs honest people like Mr Siddaramaiah ,who can forget his
efforts to make public offices corruption free when he was DCM and in
charge of Mysore district .I feel everybody should lend their hand in
making Karnataka corruption free and see that the state progresses

from:  RAM
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 11:23 IST

Last election? What a way to insist the higher leaders that he should
be considered for the post of C.M

from:  k.janaki vallabhan
Posted on: May 9, 2013 at 16:08 IST
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