Taking a swipe at JD(S) for vowing to oust the BJP government in Karnataka, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Tuesday said former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda’s party was “daydreaming” about the fall of his government.
Mr. Yeddyurappa accused the Congress and JD(S) of joining hands to pull down his government and asked them to concentrate on the state’s development instead.
“As long as my government enjoys the support of people and my party legislators, no party can topple it,” he told reporters, as he flayed Mr. Gowda’s comments that he would fight till the BJP government is dislodged in the state.
He lashed out at the JD(S) leader for reportedly making certain personal remarks against him, saying “Mr. Gowda says I can’t hear. Are these remarks of a former Prime Minister?”
Mr. Yeddyurappa also questioned Mr. Gowda’s sincerity on farmers’ loan waiver issue, saying, “the man who opposed loan waiver and offering of farm credit on low interest during the tenure of the JD(S)-BJP government is now demanding loan waiver“.
“Let Mr. Gowda take a lead in meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for seeking Central assistance for the loan waiver. I am ready to accompany such a delegation. I want the Cong-JD(S) to join hands in helping farmers,” he said.
Mr. Yeddyurappa said JD(S) should wait for three-and-a-half more years to fight against his government.
Mr. Yeddyurappa said Mr. Gowda has no locus standi to criticise the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project as it was he as chief minister who had cleared allotment of land at a lower price and even signed an agreement, accepting the clause that courts in London will have jurisdiction on dispute redressal.
“My government has not signed these agreements,” he said, rejecting the reservations expressed by Mr. Gowda on the project, on which the former Prime Minister has moved the Supreme Court.
The response of ministers and his party legislators was “good” at Monday’s Legislature party meeting, where it was decided that all should work unitedly to implement development works, he said.
Besides, Mr. Yeddyurappa promised to present a “pro-people” Budget this March and to review progress of implementation of the proposals in the 2009 -10 Budget in two-three days.