Special Correspondent

`Some elements planned the incident to destroy my political life'

  • Media urged to stop publishing news related to the incident
  • `Son upset after seeing the publicity the incident received'

    BANGALORE: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has expressed unhappiness over the media hype on the incident involving his son Nikhil.

    "Some political elements planned the incident to destroy my political life," Mr. Kumaraswamy said. He was speaking after the inauguration of a building of Freedom of International School of the Veera Soudha Trust here on Sunday.

    The media had been highlighting the incident daily. It had dragged his son into all sorts of controversies. The Chief Minister appealed to the media to stop publishing news related to the incident involving his son.

    Mr. Kumaraswamy said his son was mentally upset after seeing the publicity the incident received. On Thursday, Nikhil, who was asleep, was called out by some people, including his friends, around 11 p.m. The changing life style in the city had forced many youth to take to bad habits, Mr. Kumaraswamy said.

    The police investigation was on and he would not misuse his office to protect Nikhil, the Chief Minister said. Details of the investigation would be known in a few days, he said.

    Value-based education

    Mr. Kumaraswamy stressed the need for value-based education in schools and colleges and told teachers to treat each student as their child.

    In view of the commercialisation of education in the country, values were not been taught in schools these days. It was difficult to find a good school that inculcated moral values in students, he said.

    The Chief Minister hailed the achievements of the Veera Soudha Trust and its role in the field of education. He commended the efforts of trust chairman and former Law Minister Harnahalli Ramaswamy and the managing trustee Satchidananda, former MP.

    Uncalled for

    Gulbarga Special Correspondent reports:

    President of KPCC M. Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday said the statement of the Chief Minister alleging a conspiracy in the case involving his son at a hotel in Bangalore was uncalled for.

    In a chat with presspersons, Mr. Kharge said the Congress had not commented on the incident so far since it did not want to give room to suspicion that the party was politicising the matter.

    However, the Chief Minister by floating the conspiracy theory and alleging that the case had been planted had given a new dimension to the episode.Mr. Kharge, who along with the former Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh received AICC president Sonia Gandhi at the Air Force airbase in Bidar, said no issues concerning the State were discussed with Ms. Gandhi as there was no time. The Congress president was on her way to Latur to participate in a kisan mela.