Bengaluru, Aug. 24 -- Former prime minister HD Deve Gowda and ex-Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Friday blamed each for the collapse of the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government in the state.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) returned to power in Karnataka after the coalition lost a trust vote in July after 17 of its lawmakers submitted their resignations.

"..I was swallowing pain of what all they (Congress) were doing, if I had come out in the open about it, it would have come across that Deve Gowda was responsible for the collapse of the government. Kumaraswamy had cried and said he would resign," Gowda said.

"[Congress president] Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi erred in not consulting Siddaramaiah before naming HD K...