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No anti-incumbency against govt: Karnataka CM

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Asserting that there was noanti- incumbency against his government, Chief Minister today expressed confidence that people will once againvote back to power in the 2018 polls.

Normally for any which completes four years, there would be anti-incumbency factor that would startworking against it, and most of the times, it has turned outto be true, he told reporters here.

"... But after completing four years, I can say that people of still have confidence in mygovernment and there is no anti-incumbency against it," he said at a "Meet the Press" organised by Press Club of and the Reporters' Guild here.

Chiding the for not doing its bit in getting farm loanwaived by the Centre, he ridiculed the party'sclaim of winning over 150 seats in 2018 polls.

"People have decided, even if you perform somersault, Yeddyurappa's claims of mission 150 won't be achieved. Do you think mission 150 is in your pocket- for it to be so easy? It is people who will decide," he said.

said the is indulging in "self deception" and keeps away Muslims and Christians, while its national leaders advertise themselves with slogan "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas".

There was no honesty on their part in followingit, he said, adding "It is an act of self deception they are indulging in."

Claiming that his believed and followed "inclusive growth", said it was clear on its path towards ensuring social justice.

He said his had fulfilled 155 of the 165 promises made in the manifesto. The remaining would be done inthe next one-year period.

Questioning "achhe din" claims of the Narendra Modi-led government, Siddaramaiah said its only achievement was demonetisation of high value currency and the trouble it caused to the common man.

Responding to a question about senior party leaders who brought him to the being unhappy about him, he said no leader brought him to the party.

He said "... No one, they are only claiming. I'm revealing it today that no Karnataka leader was behind myjoining Congress."

He said had formed All India Progressive Janata Dal some years back and it did not performwell in local body polls.

"I knew Ahmed Patel, he asked me to join Congress and introduced me to Madam (Sonia Gandhi)...", he said.

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First Published: Fri, May 19 2017. 22:48 IST