MYSORE: The former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah called on the scion of the Mysore royal family and former MP Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar at the Mysore Palace on Thursday.
Though Mr. Siddaramaiah and Mr. Wadiyar shared an uneasy relationship over the acquisition of Mysore Palace, they were closeted for more than 45 minutes.
The meeting assumes significance in view of Mr. Wadiyar's absence at the Congress functions here for the byelection to the Chamundeshwari Assembly constituency from where Mr. Siddaramaiah is seeking re-election as Congress candidate.
Addressing presspersons along with Mr. Siddaramaiah after the meeting, Mr. Wadiyar dismissed the "wild" speculations about his exit from the Congress.
He said there were no differences between him or any one in the Congress and attributed his absence from the Congress meetings to his pre-occupation with other engagements. However, Mr. Wadiyar claimed that he had been in touch with Congress leaders from the region, including Mr. Siddaramaiah.
Mr. Wadiyar said his primary concern was that the Congress should win.
Mr. Siddaramaiah said Mr. Wadiyar's campaign would give a boost to his prospects. The former Deputy Chief Minister said Mr. Wadiyar was not only a politician, but also a member of the royal family. "His campaign will influence the voters and make a huge impact," Mr. Siddaramaiah added.
The former Deputy Chief Minister lashed out at the JD (S)-BJP coalition Government for targeting the former Minister D.K. Shivakumar's kin by foisting false cases.
Mr. Siddaramaiah said the JD (S) was playing "low-level" politics by targeting Mr. Shivakumar's wife and sister among others.