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Congress leaders’ attitude damaged bypoll alliance plan: Kumaraswamy

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H.D. Kumaraswamy
H.D. Kumaraswamy

Staff Correspondent

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HASSAN: Former Chief Minister and Janata Dal (S) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy has attributed the failure of alliance talks with the Congress to the non-cooperation of central Congress leaders.

He was addressing presspersons here on Sunday. Earlier, he visited the Hassanamba and offered prayers there.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said the main intention of having talks with central Congress leaders for the Assembly byelections to the eight seats was to keep the communal forces at bay. But there was no unanimity among Congress leaders. Party president H.D. Deve Gowda did not want a split in the Congress over the issue and directed Janata Dal (S) leaders not to continue talks on poll alliance.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said the Janata Dal (S) would field candidates in all the eight constituencies and ruled out tie-up with the Congress.

He said the BJP need not be happy over the development. The Janata Dal (S) vote bank was intact and the party would get more seats than the Congress, and the BJP would lose in all the eight constituencies.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said some math heads advised Opposition parties not to practise vindictive politics, but the same message was not being conveyed to the BJP Government.

He alleged that development works in Hassan and Ramanagara districts had come to a halt as funds had not been released for them.

All constituencies represented by non-BJP MLAs had been neglected, he charged.

He said that the Government had no money to pay compensation to potato growers who had lost their crop, but funds were being released to religious institutions.

“I have no objection for the release of funds to temples. The Chief Minister had taken oath in the name of farmers and I had hoped that he would release compensation,” the former Chief Minister said.

On his decision not to accompany the delegation, led by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, to Delhi, Mr. Kumaraswamy described the exercise as a political stunt. The Chief Minister had never cooperated with the Opposition.

Now, he was seeking our cooperation. It was this Government that gave fertile lands of farmers to Ashok Kheny of NICE for the BMIC project.

The Government had so far not requested the Centre for a survey of the Karnataka-Andhra Pradesh border and had allowed people from Andhra Pradesh to mine in Karnataka’s area.

“When that was the case, why should we cooperate with the Chief Minister?” he asked.

On the verbal duel between Congress leader V.S. Ugrappa and Tourism Minister G Janardhan Reddy at a function in Kittur on Saturday, Mr. Kumaraswamy found nothing wrong with Mr. Ugrappa’s criticism of the Chief Minister. There was no need for Mr. Janardhan Reddy to react the way he did on the dais. It was not a good trend, he added.

On the transfer of officials, Mr. Kumaraswamy wanted the Chief Minister to think of the trouble the families of such officials undergo when they are shifted out in the middle of the year.

On the demand for conferring special status on Hyderabad-Karnataka region, Mr. Kumaraswamy said the request of the Karnataka Government was turned down during the NDA rule at the Centre.

The then Union Home Minister L.K. Advani had rejected the proposal. Why was Mr. Yeddyurappa not talking of that, the Janata Dal (S) leader sought to know.

Hassan MLA H.S. Prakash was present.

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