Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: Terming the speculation over his joining the BJP as “misleading”, former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said that he has no such plans.

Mr. Siddaramaiah, who held a meeting of his supporters, including former Union Minister C.M. Ibrahim and Congress MLAs of Mysore district on Saturday, told presspersons that the media reports were “false” and aimed at “misleading the public”.

Mr. Siddaramaiah also clarified that he had not held talks with any BJP leader, and expressed surprise over BJP State unit president Sadananda Gowda’s claim in this regard.

On Saturday, the former Deputy Chief Minister, who has publicly expressed his displeasure with the Congress’s decision to align with the JD (S) in the recently held elections to the Rajya Sabha and Legislative Council, held discussions with party MLAs from Mysore district.

Congress MLAs for Periyapatna, Chamundeshwari and H.D. Kote, besides Mr. Ibrahim and Koppal MP Virupaksha attended the meeting.