Staff Correspondent

DHARWAD: The former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has said that he will retire from politics if Bharatiya Janata Party leaders proved that he obstructed the implementation of the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project.

He was canvassing for the Janata Dal (Secular) candidates at a public meeting in Dharwad on Sunday.

“Even though there were technical difficulties, BJP leaders B.S. Yeddyurappa and Jagadish Shettar wanted to implement the project for the sake of publicity. Now, they are trying to put the blame on me,” he said.

Mr. Kumaraswamy challenged Mr. Yeddyurappa and other BJP leaders to participate in a public debate on the project.

“It was the BJP which put the project on hold when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister. Now, in order to cover up their mistake, they are blaming us,” he said.

He lambasted the BJP leaders for their “loose talk” and asked Mr. Yeddyurappa to watch his words. “When Mr. Yeddyurappa wanted to become a Minister he needed the Janata Dal (S), which he is now calling as the father-son party,” Mr. Kumaraswamy said.

BJP leaders were taking credit for banning lottery and arrack, but it was his idea, he said and added that he had not betrayed anybody.