In a shocking allegation, disqualified Congress MLA MTB Nagaraj on Sunday stated that Hebbal MLA and Congress leader Byrathi Suresh was the reason behind the death of former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s son, Rakesh. Rakesh died mysteriously in Belgium in 2016 after a multiple-organ failure.
According to the reports, Hosakote MLA MTB Nagaraj has blamed Byrathi Suresh for the death of Rakesh Siddaramaiah. MTB Nagaraj said that Rakesh Siddaramaiah would have lived for another 50 years if not for Byrathi Suresh. Nagaraj alleged that Suresh had encouraged the bad habits of Rakesh, which eventually led to his death while he was travelling in Europe.
Speaking to the reporters, “He (Suresh) is a baccha (kid) in politics. Suresh is the prime reason behind Siddaramaiah’s son’s demise. He was the one who spoilt Rakesh. Siddaramaiah’s son would have lived for years had he not gotten mixed up in the wrong company of Suresh.”
Byrathi Suresh, the Congress MLA from Hebbal constituency in Karnataka, is considered to be a close aide of Siddaramaiah and is one of the wealthiest leaders from the state.
The controversial allegations were made after there were speculations that Byrati Suresh’s wife Padmavati would be contesting for the Congress in the upcoming elections from the Hosakote seat. Last week, it was announced that bye-elections will be held in Karnataka on October 21.
Launching an attack on Hebbal MLA Suresh, Nagaraj said, “I do not need to learn politics from Byrathi Suresh. I know how he made his money. Better he keeps quite. He is still a child in politics.”
MTB Nagaraj, a disqualified MLA, was a very close aide to former CM Sidharamaiah. As he decided to withdraw his support to the Congress-JDS coalition, MTB Nagaraj was disqualified by Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar along with 16 others.
Meanwhile, Byrathi Suresh has hit back against MTB Nagaraj, stated that former Hosakote MLA’s remarks showed his desperation as he feared losing the deposit if he contested by-polls from Hoskote. “Rakesh was like a brother to me,” he said.