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Digvijay defends K’taka CM over induction of ‘tainted’ ministers

Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Monday said it was the ‘right’ of Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah to have inducted D K Shivakumar and Roshan Baig, whose inclusion has triggered a controversy for being ‘scam tainted’.

‘The criteria, when anyone is taken in the ministry, it is the right of the Chief Minister (to induct Shivakumar and Baig),’ he told reporters after the party’s coordination committee meeting here.

Siddaramaiah, who was with Singh, said there are no FIRs against Baig and Shivakumar, and in fact they were his choice after the matter was discussed with the party high command.

‘(They were) my choice only. After discussing it with the High Command I inducted (them),’ he said.
The chief minister also said there was no pressure from the high command to induct Baig and Shivakumar.

Singh also said Baig and Shivakumar were inducted after ascertaining there were no chargesheet and pending cases against them in the court of law.
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