Bengaluru: Revenue Minister Kagodu Thimmappa on Wednesday said the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had every right to take the achievements of the government to the people.
“The party is in power in the state. The chief minister leads the government and party functionaries including the party president should tag along,” Thimmappa told reporters here.
The minister was answering queries on the rift between Siddaramaiah and Parameshwara over a government-sponsored one-month long “Sadaneya Sambrama” yatra to highlight the achievements of the Congress regime which the chief minister will lead from December 13.
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Parameshwara is unhappy that he was not consulted when the yatra plan was finalised and has distanced himself from the yatra. Parameshwara, on his part, is keen that the party take out a yatra in March next year just ahead of the Assembly elections.
“It is immature to say that the party and the government are two different entities. The chief minister is the leader and others should follow,” Thimmappa said.
To another query, Thimmappa said he is willing to contest from his home constituency of Sagar for the 2018 assembly polls if the party wants him to do so.