Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah alleged that the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and his children had contributed “nothing to the State.” Mr. Gowda has only been interested in the growth of his family, Mr. Siddaramaiah charged, adding that Mr. Gowda’s “family members declared assets worth over Rs. 300 crore.”

He was addressing Congress workers at a party convention here on Saturday.

Mr. Siddaramaiah, who was with the Janata Dal and the JD(S) for some time, recalled that Mr. Gowda had often stated at public programmes that his last wish in life was to see “all his boys” succeed.

“Whenever he said that, we assumed he was talking about party leaders. But lately, we realised he was referring to his children only.”

Referring to Mr. Gowda’s recent remarks on Minister for Energy D.K. Shivakumar, the Chief Minister said that [Mr. Gowda] had called the Minister “the most corrupt” in the Cabinet, and demanded a CBI probe into the allegations against him.

“Those in glass houses should not throw stones at others,” he said.

Expressing confidence that party candidate A. Manju would emerge victorious from Hassan, Mr. Siddaramaiah quipped, “once he wins, he will be ‘Adventurous’ Manju.”

KPCC president G. Parameshwara said that after winning the Bangalore Rural and Mandya seats in the bypolls, the Congress had declared Hassan as its next target. “Yes, we have come here to accomplish our task. The party is fully confident that this time the Congress will trounce the former Prime Minister,” he said.

Former Union Minister C.M. Ibrahim said the Congress had wanted both Hindus and Muslims to live together, but Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had “spoiled the harmony between the two communities in his State, and now wants to do the same across the country.” he alleged.

Among those present were Ministers D.K. Shivakumar, H.S. Mahadeva Prasad, R. Roshan Baig; Mr. Manju; former Minister B. Shivaram; and former MP B.L. Shankar.

We are confident that Congress will trounce Deve Gowda, says

G. Parameshwara