Yeddyurappa targets ‘father and son’, predicts Congress decline

Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly B.S. Yeddyurappa addressing members.   | Photo Credit: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

In an aggressive speech against the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition government before the trust vote on Friday, Leader of the Opposition B.S. Yeddyurappa targeted “father and son” (Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda) while predicting that the alliance will end up “discrediting the Congress.”

Mr. Yeddyurappa used the floor test against the coalition government in the Legislative Assembly to speak of the alleged “misdeeds” of Mr. Kumaraswmay and Mr. Gowda during the 20 month-rule of the JD(S)-BJP coalition government in 2006-2007.

He claimed Mr. Gowda had written hundreds of letters to him and exerted pressure to get works done in favour of the family.

On Mr. Kumraswamy’s claim that his father was pained by the JD(S)-BJP alliance back then, Mr. Yeddyurappa shot back: “If your father was pained by your alliance with the BJP, why did you continue in the coalition for 20 months?”

“I am feeling guilty now because of the support given to the Kumaraswamy government in 2006,” said the BJP leader, who stepped down earlier this week as Chief Minister two days after assuming office.

Mr. Yeddyurappa alleged that Mr. Kumaraswamy granted 22 mining licences. “Corruption during the JD(S) government will continue,” the BJP leader said, and expressed his readiness to prove his charges against the Gowda family with documents.

Largely targeting the JD(S) during his 45-minute speech, the former Chief Minister said: “You (Congress) may not have got the people’s mandate. But the Congress high command calls only Mr. Kumaraswamy to Delhi and none of the State leaders. They (JD-S and Congress high command) took all the decisions. I have decided not to speak against the Congress leaders. From now, our struggle will be against the corrupt father-son duo,” Mr Yeddyurappa said.

“Why didn’t the Congress try to keep the Chief Minister’s post? In a few months, the father-son duo will make people forget the name of the Congress,” he said.

The former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has been “totally sidelined” in this government formation, he claimed.

Wearing a green shawl, Mr. Yeddyurappa, who was in a combative mood during the floor test which was virtually a political slug fest between Mr. Yeddyurappa and Mr. Kumarasway, warned of a State-wide bandh on Monday if the coalition government did not announce waiver of farm loans.

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