Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah wins hearts in rival’s birthday bash

South India

BANGALORE: Former Karnataka chief minister and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah has won the hearts of his political rivals by gracing the 78th birthday celebrations of his nemesis B S Yediyurappa, current chief minister of the state, by keeping political differences apart.

Times of India reported that Siddaramaiah was the lone member from the opposition ranks to attent the felicitation event held at Palace Grounds in the state capital on Thursday. Though former chief minister and JD(S) legislature party leader HD Kumaraswamy was invited, he did not turn up citing prior engagements.

A thrilled Yediyurappa acknowledged Siddarmaiah’s presence, saying he would never forget the gesture. “Siddaramaiah has made this function special by accepting our invitation. I will remember this forever. He has shown personal relations are more important than one’s political affiliations,” the CM was quoted by ToI as saying.

Siddaramaiah reciprocated the compliment, saying, “Politics is different, personal relations are different. We should not allow our political differences and ideologies to come in the way of personal life.”

He described Yediyurappa as a self-made politician and one who played an important role in bringing the Bharatiya Janata Party to power in Karnataka. He had wrested power from the JD (S)-Congress coalition after 17 lawmakers belonging to the Congress and the JD (S) defected to the saffron party in July last year.

The opposition had accused Yediyurappa of poaching the MLAs by offering them berths in his ministry and other benefits.

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