Hubli (Karnataka), May 31 (). Former Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, who switched sides from the BJP to the Congress in the recently held assembly elections and contributed to the party’s landslide victory, on Tuesday said he was not disheartened by his defeat.
He said, everyone said, I will go into depression. Now he is realizing that I am the one who sent him into depression.
Contesting the Hubli-Dharwad assembly seat as a Congress candidate, he lost to BJP’s Mahesh Tenginakayi, who was once his right-hand man. Union Home Minister Amit Shah and former CM B.S. Yeddyurappa was determined to defeat him on his home turf.
Shettar said that former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda was defeated, but his importance in state politics remains intact. Siddaramaiah faced defeat and became CM and Yeddyurappa became CM four times after facing defeat.
“I may have lost, but wherever I went to campaign in Karnataka, the Congress won seats,” he said. Congress is strong at the grassroots level. If elections are held, the party will win all the district and taluk panchayats. In the last parliamentary elections, the BJP had won 25 seats. It is going to reverse in the upcoming elections.
He said, I did not distribute money to win the election. BJP brought money power and created a situation of pressure. If three of the five guarantee schemes are implemented, the Congress will win the majority of seats in the Lok Sabha elections. I am ready to take any responsibility.