The former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has said that B.S. Yeddyurappa, former Chief Minister, returning to the Bharatiya Janata Party has turned into an advantage for the Janata Dal (Secular).

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Kumaraswamy said “no wave, including ‘Modi wave’ will come to Karnataka. Neither the Modi factor, nor Mr. Yeddyurappa rejoining the BJP would affect the JD(S)”.

Attacking the government, Mr. Kumaraswamy alleged that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had promised a transparent government, but in the last eight months, the Congress has shown its true colours to the people. Instead of addressing the problems of the State, Mr. Siddaramaiah was organising caste conventions. He said though Mr. Siddaramaiah had allocated Rs. 9,000 crore for irrigation projects in the budget, very little of the amount had been spent. He alleged that politicians and engineers are looting money in the name of laying pipes and digging channels.

On elections, he said the political parties of the third front have their own problems in the respective States and the JD(S) is willing to share a seat with the Left parties if they ask for it. He was confident of the party winning 15 seats in the LS polls and said they would be fielding one candidate each in Kerala and Maharashtra.

He said only party national president H.D. Deve Gowda from the family would contest in the elections.


Shettar is Leader of the OppositionJanuary 23, 2014

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