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The former Chief Minister condemns Deve Gowda’s open support to Bangarappa in Shikaripur constituency

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Deve Gowda did not tolerate any of the pro-people proposals in my budgets

It is up to the people to punish him and his sons for their act of betrayal

TUMKUR: B.S. Yeddyurappa, former Chief Minister, on Tuesday, described the former Prime Minister, H.D. Deve Gowda’s decision to openly support S. Bangarappa in Shikharipur Assembly constituency as an act to finish him off in politics.

Inaugurating the Bharatiya Janata Party’s election campaign at Gubbi in Tumkur district, Mr. Yeddyurappa said, “Mr. Deve Gowda has openly announced his support to Mr. Bangarappa. His decision not to field a candidate from Shikharipur is only to finish me off in politics.”

“Mr. Deve Gowda has stooped to such a low level. Politics is dirty. I agree. But, Mr. Deve Gowda has turned it so cruel,” he said.

Stating that Mr. Bangarappa had gone on record saying that he would lift the ban on arrack, Mr. Yeddyurappa recalled, “Mr. Deve Gowda had opposed the decision. Now, (with his action of supporting Mr. Bangarappa), he stands exposed before the people on the issue.”

He, however, took it in his stride and said, “It is a blessing in disguise for me. I dared to ban arrack despite the State standing to lose Rs. 2,000 crore revenue annually. People may now appreciate the guts I had (in doing it).”

He told the audience to note that Mr. Deve Gowda will neither do any good to the poor on his own nor allow anybody to do it. “He showed no tolerance to any of the pro-people proposals in my two budgets,” Mr. Yeddyurappa said.

‘Black day’

He said November 19, 2007 was the “black day” in the history of Karnataka. “I was forced to quit the post of Chief Minister barely seven days after I was sworn in,” he said.

He said the former Chief Minister, H.D. Kumaraswamy, brought the Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs to New Delhi and paraded them before the President.

An affidavit was executed pledging unconditional support to the BJP to form the Government. But, Mr. Deve Gowda reversed his decision in just seven days.

He said he was still wondering how Mr. Kumaraswamy took all decisions by himself during his term of 20 months and suddenly became fully dependent on his father in all matters as soon as the BJP’s turn came.

‘A look back’

Mr. Yeddyurappa claimed that it was he who fulfilled the “life-time desire” of Mr. Deve Gowda saying, “Mr. Deve Gowda made it known to me that it was his life-time desire to see his younger son (Mr. Kumaraswamy) being sworn in as Chief Minister.”

He said, “On his own, Mr. Deve Gowda would not have been able to achieve it. It is I who made it possible by securing the support of 79 MLAs (of the BJP).”

“Mr. Deve Gowda has no vision for the country. He has many plans to get his sons position and power. It is reprehensible that such a person could become the Prime Minister of this country,” Mr. Yeddyurappa said.

He said, “I behaved like the ‘cow’ in the ‘Punyakoti episode’ and returned from Tumkur (Vijaya Yatra). But, Mr. Deve Gowda did not behave like the ‘tiger’ of that episode. He devoured me. It is up to the people to punish Mr. Deve Gowda and his sons for their act of betrayal.”

He alleged that the Deve Gowda family had amassed wealth and said, “The family has earned several thousand crores of rupees illegally.”

He appealed to the voters not to be lured by money power.

He praised the Election Commission for holding the elections early and said, “The sympathy wave in his favour has not vanished yet”.

Likening Karnataka to Gujarat, Mr. Yeddyurappa said: “The people of Gujarat sent mother and son (Congress president Sonia Gandhi and general secretary Rahul Gandhi) home by voting Narendra Modi to power.”

Confident

“I am confident of Kannadigas sending Mr. Deve Gowda and his son (Mr. Kumaraswamy) home by voting the BJP to power,” he said.

Later, he received a memorandum from the Gubbi Neeravari Horata Samiti demanding more quantum of Hemavathy waters to the taluk and said, “Mr. Deve Gowda had opposed the widening of the 79-km stretch of the Tumkur-Hemavathy Canal as he did not want to give water to Tumkur and Mandya districts.

“He wanted to please the people in Hassan. There was enough water in the Hemavathy Reservoir and all the three districts could benefit.”

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