CHIKMAGALUR: The former Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said here on Tuesday that the Janata Dal (Secular) leadership realised that it could not continue the political game in the State if it handed over power to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Mr. Yediyurappa, who addressed a public meeting, said Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy had cheated the people of the State by going back on his promise.

The BJP leader called upon Mr. Kumaraswamy to explain the inevitable circumstances that prevented him from handing over power to the BJP.

Commitment kept

Pointing out that he had kept his word that he would not continue as Deputy Chief Minister after October 2, he regretted that Mr. Kumaraswamy had acted irresponsibly by saying that there would be a bloodbath if the BJP came to power.

Blaming leaders of the Congress and the Janata Dal (S) for taking advantage of the lack of unity among Hindus and provoking minorities, he said hatred did not have a place in Hinduism. He said the administration in the State in the past 20 months.

It had drawn the attention of all chief ministers. Revenue leaks to the extent of Rs. 18,000 crore were plugged in 18 months. While speaking on the proposal to increase widow pension, Mr. Yediyurappa became emotional and broke down.

BJP State unit president D.V. Sadananda Gowda, national general secretary H.N. Ananth Kumar, the former ministers Jagadish Shettar and D.H. Shankaramurthy, D.N. Jeevaraj, party whip in the Legislative Assembly, MLAs C.T. Ravi and M.P. Kumaraswamy were present.