‘They are jealous of the BJP Government's achievements'
Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said on Sunday that leaders of the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) were jealous of the progress being achieved by his Government, and hence, they were trying to bring it down.
“But I won't be cowed down by such threats,” he said.
He was addressing a public meeting here where he launched several development projects and inaugurated a conference of the Banjara community.
The Chief Minister said that the fate of the Congress and the Janata Dal (S) would be known when the High Court would shortly announce its verdict on the MLAs' disqualification.
He criticised the Congress leaders for joining hands with the Janata Dal (S) to destabilise his Government, and said that he would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh soon and apprise him of this.
He alleged that the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and State Janata Dal (S) president H.D. Kumaraswamy practised politics of vendetta.
He said that he had formed government with the help of five of the six independent MLAs, who revolted against him though all had been made ministers.
Stating that he was not allowed to function smoothly after taking charge as Chief Minister, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the Opposition parties tried to portray him anti-farmer in the wake of police firing in Haveri.
“I continued to work unmindful of non-cooperation by the Opposition parties that were firm on bringing down his Government,” he said.
He said that he was happy as Finance Minister that Karnataka had been adjudged the best State in financial management.
Minister for Public Works C.M. Udasi and MPs B.Y. Raghavendra and Ayanur Manjunath addressed the gathering.
Superintending Engineer Kantharaj, who welcomed the gathering, said that the foundation stones were laid for various development works to be implemented at a cost of Rs. 20 crore.