Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has alleged that Congress, fearing losses in the elections to the urban local bodies, was trying to destabilise the Bharatiya Janata Party government by indulging in horse-trading.

Speaking to presspersons at his residence here on Friday, Mr. Shettar said that the Congress had the culture of destabilising governments of Opposition parties and it was acting accordingly now.

He said that despite various attempts by his detractors, he had managed to keep the government stable and also managed to present a good budget. “However, the Congress is unable to digest it. And that why it is indulging in activities like horse-trading to woo BJP Ministers to its side in its attempt to topple the BJP government,” he said.

Mr Shettar said that the Congress was trying to unseat a leader from north Karnataka from the Chief Minister’s post and people of the region would definitely teach them a lesson.

‘Centre partisan’

Mr. Shettar said that the Centre had always been partisan towards Karnataka on the issue of Cauvery and even the Congress leaders from Karnataka had failed to apprise the central leadership of the ground realities. He said that when he had taken the all-party delegation to meet the Prime , Minister only two of the Union Ministers from Karnataka had come.

Mr. Shettar said that State government had urged the Union government not to take steps to set up committees to monitor water sharing and related issues until the civil pleas on the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal were disposed of in the Supreme Court.

Mr. Shettar clarified that Janata Dal (Secular) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda had met him on the Cauvery issue and so did Made Gowda and farmers’ leader Puttannaiah. He said that there was no truth in the allegations that he had a soft corner towards the JD(S). On the issue of former Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda’s recent remarks about the party, Mr. Shettar said that Mr. Gowda had some minor differences which would be taken up for discussion in the party circle and sorted out.

No specific info

Mr. Shettar clarified that the Union Home Ministry had not given any specific information to Karnataka on the possible attacks by terrorist outfits.

Condemning the Hyderabad blasts, he said they could have been avoided by taking precautionary measures.

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