Janata Dal (Secular) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy on Saturday claimed that Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had made a vain bid to patch up with him.
“Two days ago, a right hand man of Yeddyurappa had a telephonic talk (with me) to say the Chief Minister wanted to strike a compromise with me,” Mr. Kumaraswamy told reporters in Bangalore.
His claim came on a day when Mr. Yeddyurappa launched his advertisement campaign in a section of local media on alleged land scams during the regimes of former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and Mr. Kumaraswamy.
Mr. Kumaraswamy, who has been releasing documents to back his allegations of nepotism and corruption against Mr. Yeddyurappa, refused to identify the man who tried to approach him for a patch up when he was in Delhi.
“That man wanted to fly to Delhi by a special flight to meet me, but I declined,” the former Chief Minister said. “I have evidence to prove this. I will make this public soon.”
Lambasting Mr. Yeddyurappa for his statement in Hassan that he would continue to expose Mr. Gowda and his family’s misdeeds till they beg me to stop, Mr. Kumaraswamy declared, “We will never beg him. Let him continue. We will bring up more evidence against Yeddyurappa.”
He also claimed that Mr. Yeddyurappa had called on him at his office in 2005 and sought Rs. 5 crore to repay a loan he had taken from BJP general secretary H.N. Anantkumar and had wanted to quit his party and join JD(S).
“Yeddyurappa begged me for a Ministerial post then,” Mr. Kumaraswamy claimed.
The advertisements published on Saturday refer to the allotment of an industrial site to Mr. Kumaraswamy in Mysore and some other sites by the Mysore Urban Development Authority to persons believed to be close to the Gowda family.
Mr. Kumaraswamy said he got the allotment of the industrial site in 1984, when he had not even entered politics. “I was not the Chief Minister then. If Yeddyurappa does not have correct information, let him ask me, I myself will provide. Let him not make baseless allegations.”