Karnataka Congress strongman Roshan Baig has utterly slammed his party, following his sensational appeal to the Muslim community in the state to join hands with the NDA if they are indeed coming back to power, as the exit polls claim.
Speaking to Republic TV on this, Baig doubled down, saying "I have said that I'm hurt by the attitude and behaviour of some of our leaders like Siddaramaiah and Dinesh Gundu Rao. I've termed him (Gundu Rao) as a flop-show president of the KPCC."
Terming former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah as 'arrogant', Roshan Baig conceded that he was unhappy with his party, saying, "If these are the results, any Congress person will be unhappy."
On being asked if minority leaders have been sidelined within the party, Baig said, "Yes, they have taken us for granted. They think we can't go anywhere. They want to treat us as cattle."
He was then asked whether he would switch to the BJP, to which he said, "I've not said so. I've to talk to my wife and discuss with her. The question of joining BJP doesn't arise. I've expressed my disappointment with state leadership."
Continuing the explosive tirade, he made stunning allegations at his own party over portfolio distribution within the Karntaka government: "Portfolios were sold, ministerships were sold. How can I blame Kumaraswamy for it? He wasn't allowed to function. From day one Siddaramaiah has said he will be CM."
Continuing to absolve Kumaraswamy, Baig added, "You have gone to their (JDS) doorsteps and asked them to form government, and now you do this.
He then attacked Rahul Gandhi's emissary KC Venugopal who has been dispatched to Karnataka amid the revolt, saying, "KC Venugopal is a buffoon, I feel sorry for Rahul Gandhi."
Earlier, Dinesh Gundu Rao had claimed that he hadn't understood Baig's statement about the Muslim community joining hands with the BJP.
"I don't understand the statement at all. Why is he speaking before the chicken hatched it's eggs?," Gundu Rao had said.
Earlier, asked whom would he blame for the present condition of the Muslims in Karnataka, Baig pointed fingers Gundu Rao for conducting "flop poll campaign" and also attacked CLP leaders including Siddaramaiah.
"I hold Dinesh Gundu Rao for conducting a flop poll campaign. Moreover, CLP leaders who were flying high in the sky should come to terms with ground realities." he added.
Baig said he was not surprised by exit poll numbers as from the very beginning he knew Congress would not get good numbers because of the "flop poll campaigning" of the party.
Republic's double exit poll had projected the BJP coming out on top against the Congress-JD(S) alliance.