Ballari: Former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy made it clear here on Monday that he did not see the Janata Dal (S) tying up with the Congress again in the state, but asserted that the BJP government would stay in power post the December by-elections to the 15 assembly constituencies. He however, refused to spell out exactly how it would do that.
“I will not go with the Congress again. But, this BJP government will stay in power after December 9 (when the counting for the bypolls will be held). I am, however, not willing to disclose at present what I will do for the stability of this current regime," he told reporters here ahead of an election rally for his party candidate, N M Nabi in Kamalapur town of Vijayanagar assembly constituency.
But almost in the same breath, he hit out at the BJP government for neglecting the flood victims of north Karnataka, and “arrogantly purchasing people with its money power.”
Claiming that the JD(S) would win more seats than the BJP and Congress in the by-elections, he appealed to the people to give him at least two or three years as CM to implement many of his unaccomplished dream projects.
Later, addressing the rally, Mr Kumaraswamy targeted Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa for his alleged “casteist” remarks, claiming he had insulted people of castes other than Veerashaiva-Lingayats by declaring that he did not need their votes in the 15 assembly constituencies going to the polls.
“By asking the Veerashaivas not to vote for any other party's candidates, he is misusing them and also insulting all the non-Lingayat voters,” he contended.
Deploring the huge expenditure that the state government had to bear for the byelections, (which have become necessary following the resignations of former Congress and JD(S) who helped bring down his government), Mr Kumaraswamy said the state would prosper only when people taught “these party hoppers" a lesson by defeating them in the by-polls.
“Yediyurappa says he is ready to sacrifice his life for the disqualified legislators. I would have saluted him if he had said this for the people of the state,” he added....