Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G. Parameshwara said on Thursday that the Janata Dal (Secular) had fielded its candidate to help the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the byelection to the Udupi-Chikmagalur parliamentary constituency.

Speaking to mediapersons at Brahmavar, Mr. Parameshwara said that the Congress had urged the Janata Dal (Secular) not to field a candidate for the bypoll to avoid division of secular votes. “We had told them to prevent division of secular votes. But they have put up a candidate to help the BJP,” he said.

Mr. Parameshwara said that the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa was gloating over the High Court quashing of the FIR on illegal mining case based on the Lokayukta report “as if he had won the Kargil war”.

Mr. Parameshwara later undertook a ‘padayatra' and canvassed for the Congress candidate for Udupi-Chikmagalur parliamentary constituency K. Jayaprakash Hegde.


Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah said on Thursday said that instead of giving priority to tackling the drought affecting 123 taluks in the State, the leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were busy in their internal squabbles.

Addressing mediapersons here, Mr. Siddaramaiah said that the State Government had admitted that this was the severest drought since 1971. But it had not taken any steps to help the people in these taluks. No arrangements had been made to provide fodder in the taluks, except for Chitradurga district, where five cattle centres (goshalas) had been opened.

He said that people were migrating to other places, including the coastal districts. The state government had failed to provide relief for thousands of people in north Karnataka hit by the October 2009 floods.

Asked if the division of secular votes between Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) would affect the chances of the former in the byelection to the Udupi-Chikmagalur parliamentary constituency, Mr. Siddaramaiah said the JD(S) had fielded a candidate as it wanted to help Mr. Sadananda Gowda. “They are supporting Mr. Sadananda Gowda and not the BJP candidate Sunil Kumar. In spite of the efforts of the JD(S), it will be a straight fight between the Congress and the BJP”, Mr. Siddaramaiah predicted.

  • Government not giving priority to tackling drought, says Siddaramaiah

  • The Congress urged JD(S) not to field a candidate to avoid division of secular votes