Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah clarifying on his alleged “no one from Karnataka will become PM,” remark stated that, “I did not say that there is no candidate from Karnataka for the post of Prime Minister when the Indian National Development Inclusive Alliance (I.N.D.I.A) will win the Lok Sabha elections.” The Karnataka Chief Minister was addressing a Press Conference at the Vidhana Soudha on Thursday.

He further clarified that in a recent press conference organised by the Press Club of Bangalore, “While responding to a Journalist’s query regarding whether he would be a candidate from Karnataka for the post of Prime Minister, I said that I am not a PM candidate from Karnataka. I also said that it (him becoming the PM) will not happen. However it was wrongly reported in some of the news networks.”

In addition, the Chief Minister also asserted that there were several leaders in the state who are capable and qualified for the post of Prime Minister.

Several media outlets reported that On Monday, Siddaramaiah had said that no one from Karnataka will become Prime Minister. “At the Centre, the INDIA bloc will come to power, and we will discuss and decide who should be the Prime Minister based on the implementation of programmes,” he stated in response to a question on I.N.D.I.A’s PM candidate.

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Rajkot (PTI): Main markets in Gujarat's Rajkot city wore a deserted look and various other establishments remained closed on Tuesday as a bandh was observed to mark one month of the fire tragedy at a game zone which claimed 27 lives.

Schools, colleges, tuition centres, gold and jewellery markets and other commercial establishments also remained shut to support the 'Rajkot bandh' called by the opposition Congress.

Several commercial associations supported the Congress' bandh call by announcing closure of their businesses for the day.

Police personnel were deployed at different places in the city and patrolling was intensified as part of the security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident.

Congress MLA Jignesh Mevani, state party president Shaktisinh Gohil and other local leaders came out in different areas of Rajkot to thank businessmen for their support in making the bandh "successful".

The Congress gave the call for a half-day bandh on Tuesday, to remember those who lost their lives in the fire tragedy at the TRP game zone in Rajkot on May 25 and to demand a higher compensation to the kin of the deceased.

It has also demanded justice to the families of the deceased and a fair probe into the incident by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the state government.

Family members of the victims had also appealed for the bandh. Relatives of some of the fire tragedy victims interacted with Congress MP Rahul Gandhi through video conference on June 22.

Twenty seven persons, including children, were charred to death in the massive fire which gutted the game zone on May 25.

Following the incident, the state government formed the SIT under Additional Director General of Police Subhash Trivedi to find out the causes of fire, loopholes in the system and to suggest steps to be taken to prevent such incidents in the future.

As many as 15 persons have been arrested so far in connection with the fire tragedy, including five owners of the game zone and some senior officials from the Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC).

A police investigation indicated the game zone was running without a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the RMC's fire department.

On June 15, Congress workers organised a protest gathering outside the city police commissioner's office.