KARNATAKA

‘BJP agenda worried us’

Special Correspondent

Bangalore: The former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Monday defended the decision of the Janata Dal (S) to vote against the motion of confidence moved by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa in the Legislative Assembly.

Reacting to the resignation by Mr. Yeddyurappa, he said Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh had turned down the suggestions made in the memorandum of understanding, which was submitted to him. This was one of the main reasons for the Janata Dal (S) taking such a decision, he added.

Another reason, he said was the danger from its alleged communal agenda.

The wish expressed by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who attended the swearing-in ceremony, that Mr. Yeddyurappa should follow the Gujarat model for development of the State also made the Janata Dal (S) to rethink on supporting the BJP Government. Mr. Kumaraswamy said he knew only what happened in Gujarat after the Godhra incident.

Asked a new government would be in place after a few days in the State, the Leader of the Janata Dal (S) Legislature Party said, “nothing can be said about what could happen in politics.”

Referring to the alleged communal clash at Savalanga village in Honnali taluk of Davangere district two days ago, Mr. Kumaraswamy alleged that the police had arrested 10 Muslim women. It was also an indication of what was going to happen in the coming days, had the BJP government been allowed to continue.

Already, the BJP was preparing its hidden agenda which the Janata Dal (S) wanted to stop, he added.

Asked what could have been the reason for Mr.Yeddyurappa to resign, Mr. Kumaraswamy said that perhaps he might have realised that he had lost the majority in the Assembly and left the House in a huff.

Asked if issuing a whip to the party MLAs to vote against the motion had dented the image of the Janata Dal (S), he said that it was all due to the fractured verdict given by the people in 2004.

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