Janata Dal (S) State president and the former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has said that the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had joined the new party (Karnataka Janata Paksha) with the only objective of finishing off his opponents in the Bharatiya Janata Party and that the KJP had no goal.

He was addressing journalists here on Sunday after wishing veteran journalist Patil Puttappa on his 93rd birthday at his residence here.

He said Mr. Yeddyurappa was supporting the Congress indirectly by joining the new party.

Mr. Kumaraswamy claimed he knew the pulse of the people in north Karnataka and was confident that his party would win more seats than the BJP and the Congress in the region in the Assembly elections. He said Congress leaders had lost confidence and that was why they were trying to spread rumours through the media about JD(S) leaders keen on joining their party.

To a query, Mr. Kumaraswamy said the entry of the former Chief Minister S.M. Krishna would not make any difference to the State politics and the JD(S) had not taken this seriously. Mr. Puttappa said he had advised the JD(S) leader to choose candidates who had the ability to think about comprehensive development of the State and their respective regions.

Condemned

Condemning researcher M. Chidananda Murthy’s statement on the Union government’s decision to establish a Central university in Srirangapatna to be named after Tipu Sultan, Mr. Puttappa said: “The statement is the result of lack of clear understanding of the real personality of a ruler like Tipu who fought against the British.”

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