Bengaluru: Coming out in full support of his friend and former minister R. Roshan Baig after the latter lashed out at Congress top leaders - Siddaramaiah, Dinesh Gundurao and K.C. Venugopal, JD (S) state president, A.H. Vishwanath on Tuesday described Mr Baig's outburst against the party leadership as “true and a reality”.
Speaking to reporters here, Mr Vishwanath, who is a friend turned foe of Mr Siddaramaiah said that Mr Baig at least has come to know about the truth at the end. "Thanks to Mr Baig," he said.
Asked if he was thanking Mr Baig for his comments against Mr Siddaramaiah, he asserted, “I am saying thanks for his statement today after understanding the truth and reality.”
Pointing out that Mr Baig is an influential Muslim leader, Mr Vishwanath said that the statements he made during the holy month of Ramzan are appropriate and recalled that he had made similar remarks for long before he quit the Congress party. It may be recalled that Mr Vishwanath had repeatedly slammed the Congress-JD(S) co-ordination committee chairman Siddaramaiah for his conduct. Last week, with the clamour growing within the Congress for Siddaramaiah to become CM once again, Mr Vishwanath had hit out at him, raising questions about his performance as CM in the previous government, and had termed the demand as "chamchagiri" (sycophancy).
His statements had resulted in a public spat between the two, with Mr Siddaramaiah hitting back and asking the JD(S) leadership to intervene. On Saturday too, Mr Vishwanath had raised questions about Mr Siddaramaiah's performance as co-ordination committee chief and hit out at him for not inducting him and Mr Rao into the committee.