Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah on Sunday challenged the former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) president H.D. Deve Gowda to nominate any of his party's senior leaders other than H.D. Kumaraswamy as the next chief ministerial candidate, if he was a democrat.

He was reacting to the former Minister M. Mahadev's statement that the JD(S) had nominated H.D. Kumaraswamy as the next Chief Ministerial candidate. Mr. Mahadev had also challenged the Congress to follow suit, if its leaders had the “guts” to do so.

“While the JD(S) is run by the Deve Gowda family and it will naturally select Mr. Kumaraswamy as the next Chief Minister if it comes to power, the same cannot be expected in the Congress, which is a democratic party.” He challenged Mr. Gowda to nominate any other senior leader such as M.C. Nanaiah, P.G.R. Sindhia or Basavaraj Horatti for the post, if he had any respect for democracy.

Mr. Siddaramaiah likened Mr. Kumaraswamy's advise to the Congress not to trust him to a devil quoting scriptures.

It was Mr. Gowda who ditched leaders such as Ramakrishna Hegde and Mr. Kumaraswamy betrayed N. Dharam Singh and B.S.Yeddyurappa and they had no right to preach others on democratic decencies.

“I was ousted from the party for telling the truth,” Mr. Siddaramaiah added.

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