Kalaburagi: Former Karnataka Chief Minister and Karnataka’s Leader of Opposition, Siddaramaiah on Wednesday came down hard at HD Kumaraswamy asserting that HDK was the reason why the coalition government between Congress-JD(s) collapsed in the state.

Speaking to reporters in the city, Siddaramaiah referred to HDK’s remarks on him that he made a day earlier in Mysuru, claiming that Siddaramaiah had a secret meeting with BS Yediyurappa who later became the CM after forming BJP government in the state.

Kumaraswamy had, on October 12 in Mysuru, alleged that the I-T raids were carried out at the behest of the BJP’s national leadership after Yediyurappa met Siddaramaiah. He had also alleged that Siddaramaiah had conspired to destabilize the BJP government in Karnataka by holding a secret meeting with Yediyurappa.

“HDK’s allegations against me are baseless. If he did not want to form a coalition government with us, why did he become the CM of the state? If I wanted the coalition government to fall, why would I agree for him to take CM’s seat? HDK is scared of me, people only target those who they are afraid of,” Siddaramaiah said.

Siddaramaiah also pointed out that three JD(S) MLAs had joined hands with BJP to topple his government.

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Hong Kong, Oct 25: Amnesty International said Monday it would close its two offices in Hong Kong this year, becoming the latest non-governmental organization to cease its operations amid a crackdown on political dissent in the city.

The human rights group said its local office in Hong Kong would close this month while its regional office will close by the end of the year, with regional operations moved to other offices in the Asia-Pacific region.

This decision, made with a heavy heart, has been driven by Hong Kong's national security law, which has made it effectively impossible for human rights organizations in Hong Kong to work freely and without fear of serious reprisals from the government, Anjhula Mya Singh Bais, chair of Amnesty's board, said in a statement.

Hong Kong implemented a sweeping national security law in 2020 following months of massive anti-government protests. The law outlaws secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and foreign collusion to intervene in the city's affairs. More than 120 people, many of them supporters of the city's democracy movement, have been arrested under the law.

The majority of the city's prominent pro-democracy activists are behind bars for taking part in unauthorized assemblies, and dozens of political organizations and trade unions have ceased operations out of concern for their members' personal safety under the security law.

Bais said the recent targeting of local human rights and trade union groups signaled authorities were intensifying their campaign to rid the city of dissenting voices. It is increasingly difficult for us to keep operating in such an unstable environment, she said.

Critics in Hong Kong say the national security law is an erosion of freedoms, such as those of expression and assembly, that were promised the city for 50 years when the former British colony was handed over to China in 1997.