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Kalaburagi: B S Yeddyurappa plays Lingayat card, rakes up ‘insult’ to Patil

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | K N REDDY
Published May 16, 2019, 3:47 am IST
Updated May 16, 2019, 3:47 am IST
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BJP state president B.S. Yeddyurappa and former Chincholi MLA Dr Umesh Jadhav campaign for the Chincholi Assembly bypoll on Wednesday
 BJP state president B.S. Yeddyurappa and former Chincholi MLA Dr Umesh Jadhav campaign for the Chincholi Assembly bypoll on Wednesday

Kalaburagi: Lingayat strongman and state BJP chief, B S Yeddyurappa on Wednesday reminded the Veerashaiva-Lingayats of Chincholi about the "betrayal" of the late former Chief Minister, Veerendra Patil, a member of their  community  by the Congress years ago and appealed to them not to commit the "big offence" of voting for it in the May 19 assembly  bypoll.

Mr Yeddyurappa , who was addressing a meeting in Kalagi town,  hit back at Congress leader, Mallikarjun Kharge for his comment that former MLA, Dr Umesh Jadhav had betrayed the Congress by quitting it to join the BJP, saying, "I want to ask Mr Kharge where were Congress leaders when late Veerendra Patil was unceremoniously removed from the post of CM  at the airport by the late PM Rajiv Gandhi?  When I met him, Patil shed tears over the insult. I want to tell the Veerashaiva-Lingayats that Veerendra Patil was insulted by the Congress. Not one person should support  it this bypoll.  Supporting the Congress will amount to a criminal act," he contended. The BJP leader added,"Consider the irony. Yeddyurappa, who has 104 MLAs, is sitting in the opposition, but Mr Kumaraswamy, who has 37 MLAs, is the CM. How  can this be tolerated?"

 

 Mr Yeddyurappa also took the Congress leaders to task over their silence on waiver of farmers' loans. "Mr Kumaraswamy had promised to waive  farmers loans within 48 hours of coming to power. But a year has passed and not one Congress leader has asked him why the promise has not been kept. I will not allow the Assembly to transact  business at the next session if the loan waiver process is not completed."

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Location: India, Karnataka, Kalaburagi




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