KARNATAKA

Mallikarjun Kharge accuses Deve Gowda, Kumaraswamy of misleading people



Staff Correspondent

`The former Prime Minister's main aim was to make his son Chief Minister'

Deve Gowda warned against helping the BJP grow in the StateKharge condemns Advani for taking out rath yatrasParameshwara honoured on his appointment to the Congress Working Committee

TUMKUR: KPCC president M. Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday accused the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy of consistently trying to mislead the people of the State. He also charged that the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders were helping them.

Inaugurating the "Brihat Samavesh" of his party workers here, Mr. Kharge said Congress president Sonia Gandhi was "more than liberal" in accommodating the demands of Mr. Deve Gowda. Ms. Gandhi's main objective was to keep the communal forces at bay. But "Mr. Deve Gowda's one-point agenda was to make his son Chief Minister. He was ready to do anything to achieve it."

The KPCC president said Mr. Deve Gowda and Mr. Kumaraswamy had conspired to hasten the downfall of the Dharam Singh Government soon after the Congress's impressive show in the zilla and taluk panchayat elections. "People know this. The father and son cannot fool the people any longer."

Mr. Kharge warned Mr. Deve Gowda and his family against helping the BJP grow in Karnataka.

Training his guns on the BJP, Mr. Kharge said he was anguished at Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa's remarks against the Congress that it (Congress) would be made to sit in the Opposition permanently.

"Congress has never been after power. Nation building is its goal. Even a hundred parties like the BJP cannot prevent the Congress from achieving its goal," he said.

Ridiculing the "yatra politics" of BJP leader L.K. Advani, Mr. Kharge said: "Mr. Advani's Ayodhya yatra ended up in the collection of bricks, which have disappeared. Tiranga Yatra, which was engineered by Mr. Advani himself boomeranged on him."

Questioned

Mr. Kharge questioned the "Suraksha" issue raised by Mr. Advani and said: "Terrorists attacked Parliament House when Mr. Advani was the Home Minister.

There was the Aksharadhama incident and the Kargil incursion. Trouble continued in Jammu and Kashmir and Mr. Advani could do nothing (while the BJP was in power)".

Mr. Kharge accused Mr. Advani of taking out yatras whenever he was pushed to the wall within his party.

Mr. Kharge blamed the BJP for the communal tension. States ruled by BJP are hit by communal tension, he said.

Mr. Kharge shared the views of N. Dharam Singh, leader of the Opposition, and R.L. Jalappa, MP, that the Janata Dal (S)-BJP coalition Government would collapse soon.

Mr. Kharge heaped praise on G. Parameshwara, former Minister.

Mr. Kharge honoured Dr. Parameshwara on his appointment to the Congress Working Committee. He said Dr. Parameshwara was the first from Tumkur district to make it to the party's top policy-making body.

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