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Congress will be our main opponent, says Kumaraswamy

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‘BJP, KJP have become irrelevant in the present political situation’

All set for polls:Janata Dal (S) State president H.D. Kumaraswamy speaking to journalistsin Hubli on Sunday.— Photo: Kiran Bakale
All set for polls:Janata Dal (S) State president H.D. Kumaraswamy speaking to journalistsin Hubli on Sunday.— Photo: Kiran Bakale

Janata Dal (S) State president and the former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has said that both the BJP and the KJP have become irrelevant in the present political situation and the Congress will be the main opponent of the Janata Dal (S) in the Assembly elections.

He was speaking to journalists after inaugurating the Hubli-Dharwad Mahanagar Zilla Unit of the JD(S) at J.C. Nagar here on Sunday.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said he would appeal to the people to vote for the JD(S) at least to see what change he could bring in if the party got a majority.

Taking a dig at the “high command culture” in the other parties, he said that while BJP and Congress leaders were waiting for their central leaders to arrive, the JD(S) had already begun the process of selecting candidates. “We have held initial rounds of discussion and on January 23 we will meet again,” he said.

Two manifestos

Mr. Kumaraswamy said the party would come out with two election manifestos — one for the urban voters and another for the rural voters.

He said that if voted to power, the JD(S) government would bear 30 per cent of the subsidy amount on fertilizer (Rs. 680 crore).

Taking a dig at Congress leaders’ padayatra on the Krishna irrigation projects, Mr. Kumaraswamy said he would like to know what the Congress leaders did (with regard to implementing the projects) when the party was in power. They should also come out with details of funds released by the Congress governments for the projects.

On the controversy over the proposed Central university in Srirangapatna being named after Tipu Sultan, Mr. Kumaraswamy said the issue was being raised keeping in mind the Assembly elections. “Both the BJP and the Congress have joined hands secretly to take political advantage of the issue,” he said.

The former Ministers Basavaraj Horatti, P.C. Siddanagoudar and Alkod Hanumanthappa and HDMC councillor Rajanna Koravi were present.

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