After making verbal attacks on each other separately in Hubli on Sunday, the former Chief Ministers H.D. Kumaraswamy and B.S. Yeddyurappa avoided coming face to face at the State-level Banjara convention here.
The leaders timed their visits to the venue — Nehru Stadium — in such a way that they avoided sharing the dais.
Mr. Yeddyurappa arrived at the stadium first and addressed the gathering.
Mr. Kumaraswamy was attending Hubli-Dharwad Bunts Association's anniversary celebrations at R.N. Shetty Kalyan Mantap at that time. Although Mr. Kumaraswamy left the venue early saying that he had to participate in the Banjara convention, he did not proceed to the stadium immediately.
On learning that Mr. Yeddyurappa was still at the stadium, he came back to the kalyan mantap to have lunch. Mr. Kumaraswamy proceeded to the stadium only after ascertaining from the police about Mr. Yeddyurappa's departure from the convention venue.
Takes a dig
Earlier in the day, Mr. Kumaraswamy took a dig at Mr. Yeddyurappa's Varanasi visit. Quoting Kuvempu's poem he wondered “whether a crow from the south would become white if it visited Kashi (Varanasi) and bathed in the Ganga”.
Although Mr. Yeddyurappa declined to react to Mr. Kumaraswamy's comment, he said it was “akin to a ghost reciting the Bhagavad Gita”.
He also said that the elections in the State during the BJP rule had already indicated “which was the black crow and which was the white one”.