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Swallowed all bitterness for secular government in Karnataka: Congress MLA DK Shivakumar

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 21, 2018, 02:26 PM IST

File photo. Photograph:(Zee News Network)

Senior Congress leader form Karnataka DK Shivakumar said that the Congress party and Janata Dal (Secular) had to sort out their differences to pave way for a secular government in the state.

Admitting that the two parties were in conflict before the assembly elections in Karnataka, he said that they came together "in the interest of the nation and party".

He said,"In politics, I have been fighting against the Gowdas since 1985. In the last parliamentary election and assembly election against them, I won against his son, I won against his daughter-in-law. A lot of politics have been played. Lots of cases were also registered. But in the interests of the nation and party, we need a secular government in Karnataka".

He further said he had to "swallow all the bitterness" to implement Rahul Gandhi's decision of establishing a secular government in the state.  

He said, "Rahul Gandhi has taken a decision that there should be a secular government in Karnataka. That is what the entire country needs and that is why we have taken this stand (alliance with JD-S). I had to swallow all this bitterness since this is my duty".

Answering a question on if he was happy on forming an alliance with the JD(S), Shivakumar said, "Sometimes, individuality doesn't count here. Individuality is not important. Whatever collective or major decisions are taken, one man may like or the other man may not like. I also gave consent for the formation of this government."

He also hinted on having a grand alliance against the BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. 

He said, "this was the beginning of the formation of a grand alliance and this was to be achieved by the secular parties coming together".

Talking about the structure of the cabinet he said it will be discussed in the All India Congress Committee.

Asked whether the Congress-JD(S) government would complete five years, he further said, "Time will answer. I don't want to answer it right now. We have various issues, options before us, I can't tell right now."

While JD(S)'s also Kumaraswamy denied on the reports that stated that two parties were undergoing conflict. Calling the reports as "bogus and fake news" he said the claims were not true.

Another Congress leader Ramalina Reddy also said that the reports that surfaced stating a rift between the two parties were not true.

He said, "We are 100% happy, give and take policy is there, even in Bengaluru's Municipal Corporation alliance is functioning smoothly for 3 years. Ofcourse some people in both parties will have to sacrifice, as all cant become ministers".

(With inputs from ANI)