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`Siddaramaiah joined the Congress for political gains'

MYSORE: Minister for Housing D.T. Jayakumar has accused the former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of launching a vilification campaign against the Janata Dal (Secular).

Launching a tirade against his one-time close aide, Mr. Jayakumar, who is also the Mysore district in-charge Minister, said the electoral mandate in the byelection from the Chamundeshwari Assembly constituency would go in favour of Janata Dal (Secular) and listed out the achievements of Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.

Pat for Kumaraswamy

"The Janata Dal (Secular) had achieved in six months what the Congress could not achieve in 10 years of their rule," Mr. Jayakumar said.

He said it was to the credit of Mr. Kumaraswamy that the State held a Special Legislative Session at Belgaum.

The Government also sanctioned hundreds of schools in rural areas apart from scores of first grade colleges for the benefit of students in rural areas and introduced Bhagyalakshmi scheme for girl child from BPL families to curb female foeticide that was rampant in the State, the Minister said.

Counter-argument

Referring to Siddaramaiah's criticism of former Prime Minister and JD (S) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda for "foisting his family" on the State, Mr. Jayakumar said, "Siddaramaiah had opposed the dynastic politics of Nehru family but had no qualms about joining the Congress now for political gains".

Volte-face

"The voters have not forgotten Siddaramaiah's statements during the last election that he would put all Congress leaders behind bars," said Mr. Jayakumar who asserted that public and voters were discerning enough to understand his political volte-face.

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