Senior Congress leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today rubbished reports he had instigated the rebels to resign and destabilise the coalition government headed by HD Kumaraswamy.
Cautioning media houses against peddling "false news", Mr Siddaramaiah said he would give them a befitting reply if they repeat the allegation in front of him.
In a series of tweets, the Congress strongman in Karnataka said the rebels were trying to "shift the blame on me but the facts would surface once the dust settles."
"Media houses are reporting that few rebel MLAs have claimed that I instigated them to resign and destabilise our government. This is nothing but a false allegation with malafide intention. I will give them a befitting reply if they repeat the same in front of me," Mr Siddaramaiah said.
"The rebel MLAs are trying to shift the blame on me after widespread public backlash against them for betraying and back-stabbing both the electorate and the party. Everything will be clear when the dust settles but by then they would have bitten the dust," he said.
Recalling his days as chief minister, Mr Siddaramaiah said there were many baseless allegations against him - "a venom hedigested to serve people with good intent." "Time will answer everything! Satyameva Jayathe!!" Mr Siddaramaiah said.
As the coordination committee chairman of the coalition government, Mr Siddaramaiah was charged with not letting the JDS and the Congress state presidents to be part of the penal led by him.
The JDS state president-turned-rebel lawmaker AH Vishwanath had been targeting Mr Siddaramaiah for not bringing out the common minimum programme as agreed upon by the two parties at the time of forming the coalition government.
Mr Vishwanath had also charged him with betraying JDS supremo HD Deve Gowda by making him trust the Congress during the Lok Sabha election and then working for his defeat from the Tumkur constituency at the fag end of his political career at the age of 87.