Senior Congress leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah rubbished the video which has gone viral on social media. In the video, Siddaramaiah can be seen questioning the longevity of the JDS-Congress coalition government in the state. According to a report, he said that the things have been taken out of proportion in the past. When the reporters confronted the Congress leader, he quickly clarified that he is happy about the alliance in the state and that the coalition government in Karnataka surely becomes more stable in the near future.

He also stated that recording statements without taking permission is totally unethical and to circulate it on social media without any content is even more wrong and worrisome. Whoever it is, recording my casual talk with someone and making it public without knowing the context… Is it not unethical, the former Karnataka CM said.

Calling the video fake, Siddaramaiah with full vigour and confidence blamed the media for spreading such rumours among the people. He also said that the media houses will run this for many years in the future.

Talking about the decision of forming the coalition government in the state, Siddaramaiah said that they formed an alliance with the Congress in order to keep away the ‘communal’ BJP out of power.

In another video, Siddaramaiah was heard raising the need for a fresh budget similar to the one which was presented to him in February 2018. When the reports cross-questioned him on this video, he denied and stated there is no need for making a fresh budget and insisted that a supplementary budget can work for the future. Notably, while in power, Siddaramaiah held the finance portfolio.

According to reports, the newly elected Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, who also holds the finance portfolio at present, is scheduled to present the budget on July 5, 2018.

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