Congress targets BJP, spares Janata Dal (S)

Special Correspondent

Swearing-in of Yeddyurappa team termed a party convention

Budgetary allocation for maths criticised

Congress takes exception to Sadananda Gowda’s remarks

BANGALORE: The striking feature of the discussion on the motion of confidence moved by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa in the Legislative Assembly on Monday was that the Opposition Congress desisted from criticising the Janata Dal (Secular), but trained its guns only on the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Leader of the Opposition N. Dharam Singh alleged that the BJP had turned the swearing-in ceremony of its ministerial team into a party convention by inviting all its important leaders from different States. He particularly took exception to the presence of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and said the people of Karnataka were scared that the saffron forces would gain strength here.

Mr. Dharam Singh and his party colleague M. Mallikarjun Kharge criticised Mr. Yeddyurappa for making a budgetary allocation of Rs. 260 crore to various maths and religious organisations.

Both leaders took exception to BJP State president D.V. Sadananda Gowda’s remarks that they should quit the country if they did not believe in traditions like “homa.”

“I come from a family of freedom fighters. I need not learn from a person like Mr. Sadananda Gowda,” Mr. Singh said. “We are natives of this State. It is the Sangh Parivar leaders who have come from other States. The time has come for them to quit,” Mr. Kharge said. Mr. Singh expressed dissatisfaction over the BJP launching a campaign against the Janata Dal (S) after sharing power with it for 20 months.

Janata Dal (United) leader J. C. Madhuswamy alleged that the Janata Dal (S)-BJP combine had “looted” the State. He said the credibility of the legislators would be at stake if the Governor asked the Janata Dal (S) MLAs why they changed their stand of extending unconditional support to the BJP.

He also expressed sympathy over the unceremonious exit of Mr. Yeddyurappa.

At the same time, he taunted Mr. Yeddyurappa for making frequent visits to temples and astrologers after taking over as Chief Minister.

“How is it that your government could not be saved despite an assurance by the Burudeghatta astrologer and visits to Vaishnodevi temple,” he wondered. He also asked Mr. Yeddyurappa to desist from dragging the name of his community as well as social reformer Basaveshwara into political issues.

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