KARNATAKA

Deve Gowda-Yeddyurappa stand-off ends

EXCHANGING PLEASANTRIES:Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa receiving the former Prime MinisterH.D. Deve Gowda in Bangalore on Friday.— Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.  

The fortnight-long stand-off between the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on the issue pertaining to the alleged apathy of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in taking up development work in Hassan district ended cordially with the Chief Minister assuring Mr. Deve Gowda of releasing the required funds and implementing the work “in all earnestness” at a meeting here on Friday.

The meeting, attended by Mr. Deve Gowda, legislators representing Hassan, including Janata Dal (Secular) floor leader H.D. Revanna, H.K. Kumaraswamy, Shivalingegowda, H.S. Prakash, C.S. Puttegowda, and high-ranking officials of the State Government, district in-charge Minister of Hassan V. Somanna, Home Minister R. Ashok and Mr. Yeddyurappa at the Chief Minister's official residence, “Krishna”, finally succeeded in breaking the impasse.

15 major issues

Speaking to presspersons, Mr. Deve Gowda said that Mr. Yeddyurappa deliberated upon 15 major issues raised “point-by-point” and directed the officials concerned to take steps to address them.

“Mr. Yeddyurappa gave a patient hearing and showed concern over the issues raised,” Mr. Deve Gowda said. Noting that he was satisfied with the discussion held, he said that he wanted to see the implementation of the decision taken at the meeting.

Mr. Somanna said that Mr. Deve Gowda appreciated the efforts being made by the Government for the early completion of the Bangalore-Hassan railway line, which was being delayed because of the delay in the land acquisition process.

Mr. Deve Gowda appealed to the Chief Minister to complete the work taken up when the latter was the Deputy Chief Minister in the Janata Dal (S)-BJP coalition Government.

“On some of the issues, the Chief Minister took spot decisions, and on certain other issues of importance gave instructions to the Chief Secretary. Henceforth, steps to ensure the comprehensive development of Hassan will be taken with the cooperation of everyone concerned,” he said.

He clarified that the Chief Minister promised to launch implementation of work from Saturday itself.

Earlier, the Chief Minister welcomed Mr. Deve Gowda and both exchanged bouquets of flowers and shook their hands.

Mr. Deve Gowda had staged a fast in Hassan and a dharna near the Chief Minister's house demanding justice to the people of Hassan recently.