Special Correspondent

‘BJP jeopardising country’s security’

That party has no clear mandate: Kharge

BANGALORE: The three mainstream political parties in Karnataka — the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) — celebrated Independence Day in their respective headquarters, each choosing to emphasise a different issue as the central issue facing the nation in its 62nd year.

The former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) president, H.D. Deve Gowda, who addressed a gathering at the party office on Race Course Road, warned those who “played politics” with the safety of the nation. He said in the recent days, the BJP had played up the issue of Amarnath Shrine in Jammu and Kashmir without knowing the implication of its action.

He said: “It was an act of jeopardising the internal security of the country”. He said the freedom the country enjoyed now was a result of sacrifices of several lakhs of people and this should not be used for political gains of a few individuals and a political party, he added.

Janata Dal (S) State unit president Merajuddin Patel hoisted the tricolour.

BJP upbeat

At the BJP State headquarters at Malleshwaram the mood was upbeat. The workers and leaders were happy that for the first time in the south a BJP Chief Minister was hoisting a national tricolour at the Field Marshal Manekshaw parade grounds.

BJP general secretary H.N. Ananthkumar hoisted the National Flag. Niranjan Gambhir, MLA Vijaykumar, BJP State vice-president E. Ashwathanaryana, the former MLA C.Ramesh and State unit general secretary M. Sridhar were present.

‘No mandate’

Karnataka Pradesh Congress President Mallikarjuna Kharge speaking at the Independence Day celebrations held at the Congress office on Queen’s Road, said the State Government had no clear mandate and had formed the Government with the help of “poached MLAs”. The Government had been incapacitated and could not uphold the values of democracy.

The former Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh was present.