The Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) on Tuesday launched a broadside against district in-charge Minister S.A. Ramdas for “taking credit” for development schemes launched by Shobha Karandlaje, who was district in-charge Minister then. Ms. Karandlaje is now with the KJP.

Speaking after inaugurating the KJP convention here, party leader V. Dhananjaya Kumar criticised Mr. Ramdas for taking credit for Ms. Karandlaje’s initiatives. Mr. Kumar said it was Ms. Karandlaje who broadened the scope of Dasara and took it to rural areas. In addition, she was instrumental in the launch of several development works pertaining to Mysore, he said.

He said the KJP had been established with the objective of ensuring comprehensive development of the State and said that the people wanted a change.

Actor Shruthi, who addressed the gathering, accused the Congress and the BJP of only saying they were sympathetic to women’s causes and criticised them for not according adequate representation while allotting tickets.

The Congress had fielded only eight women candidates and the BJP five, whereas the KJP had given ticket to 13 women candidates, she said.

KJP candidate from Krishnaraja constituency H.V. Rajiv accused Mr. Ramdas of practising politics for personal gains.

Later, speaking to mediapersons, Mr. Kumar defended his allegations of corruption against BJP leader L.K. Advani and said he had documents to prove the same. “I stand by my allegations. KJP chief B.S. Yeddyurappa’s apology for my statements only proves his large-heartedness,” he said.

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