BENGALURU: A day after he was suspended by the Congress high command for a vitriolic attack against party leaders, senior legislator R Roshan Baig remained belligerent, claiming he was targeted “for speaking the truth”, and virtually blamed former chief minister Siddaramaiah for the disciplinary action against him. Speaking to reporters at his residence, Baig, who categorically refused to take queries on his name being dragged into the IMA Group Ponzi scheme, said he was paying the price for being forthright with his views. “It is obvious that I have been targeted by the state leadership,” Baig said. “Is it a crime to speak the truth? I have the highest regard and respect for AICC president Rahul Gandhi. I never criticised him. I am a worker of the Indian National Congress, not Siddaramaiah Congress.” Baig claimed party workers would second his comments against senior leaders. He had called AICC general secretary KC Venugopal a buffoon, criticised what he called Siddaramaiah’s “arrogant attitude” and described KPCC president Dinesh Gundurao as a flop leader. “If speaking the truth amounts to anti-party activity, then let it be,” Baig said. “In a democracy, such open and transparent discussions [his comments against leaders] are required to strengthen the party. Closed-door discussions within the four walls of a hall will not help.” Baig also took exception to being singled out for disciplinary action, claiming others who had openly worked against the Congress during the Lok Sabha elections got away without so much as a slap on the wrist. “Congress leaders in Mandya openly campaigned for independent Sumalatha Ambareesh,” he said. “In Tumakuru, former MLA KN Rajanna worked against the coalition candidate HD Deve Gowda, party leaders openly said they will defeat KH Muniyappa in Kolar, a senior Dalit leader and former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi has been continuing his tirade against the party, but no action has been taken against any of these people. Why action only against me? For speaking the truth?” The Shivajinagar MLA said he will discuss with senior leaders Mallikarjun M Kharge, Ramalinga Reddy, Muniyappa, HK Patil and his supporters before firming up future plans. “After that, I will take a call whether I need to go to New Delhi,” he said.