‘Former Prime Minister's allegation of Congress-BJP pact far from the truth'

Taking exception to the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda's allegation that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress are having a “tacit” understanding for their survival, Mysore MP Adaguru H. Vishwanath here on Sunday appealed to Mr. Gowda to desist from levelling confounded remarks.

Addressing presspersons here on Sunday, he said that Mr. Gowda's charges were far from the truth and the latter was trying to misguide the people by equating BJP with Congress to safeguard his secular credentials.

Dubbing Mr. Gowda as “father of dissidence” in the political history of the country, he said that there was no reason to take the comment of former Prime Minister seriously.

The Mysore MP said that Mr. Gowda was instrumental in fuelling dissidence against most of the Chief Ministers, including S. Nijalingappa, Veerendra Patil, S.R. Bommai, Ramakrishna Hegde and N. Dharam Singh.

“Mr. Gowda sacrificed his so-called ‘secular credentials' by discreetly supporting the JD (S) and BJP coalition government to make his son H.D. Kumaraswamy Chief Minister,” he said.

Taking a dig at the soft corner allegedly being adopted by some of the senior Congress leaders towards the Janata Dal (Secular), he said that some of the Congress leaders were being “mesmerised” by Mr. Gowda and it was time they introspected and freed themselves from that.

On the silence of the Congress high command on the political developments in the State, Mr. Vishwanath said it had no role to play in the constitutional crisis in the State.

On the resignation of Congress legislators to support the Bharatiya Janata Party, he said that it was difficult to stop those who were defecting for the sake of power and money and the people would teach them a lesson in the days to come.

  • ‘Congress high command has no role to play in the constitutional crisis in the State'
  • ‘Some Congress leaders are being mesmerised by Deve Gowda'