Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Wednesday charged the UPA Government with adopting a step-motherly attitude towards Karnataka.

Speaking to presspersons in Bangalore, Mr. Yediyurappa alleged that the Centre had not positively responded to the State’s request for providing aid to take up flood relief measures. The Centre had not given monetary aid and the foodgrains to take up relief operations.Mr. Yediyurappa declined to comment on the episode of a Janata Dal (S) Minister repeatedly trying to make a case for continuing H.D. Kumaraswamy as Chief Minister instead of transferring power to the BJP.

However, BJP State president D.V. Sadananda Gowda took exception to such remarks and said the party had decided not to give importance to such statements by D.T. Jayakumar.

Referring to the reported statement of Mr. Jayakumar that Mr. Yediyurappa could not manage the show if he was made the Chief Minister, the BJP State president remarked, “people will decide whether the BJP and Mr. Yediyurappa are capable of managing it.” He suggested that Mr. Jayakumar quit as Minister and then make such statements.