JD(S) Will Go to Polls With ‘K’taka Ulisi’ Slogan - The New Indian Express

JD(S) Will Go to Polls With ‘K’taka Ulisi’ Slogan

Published: 14th January 2014 08:50 AM

Last Updated: 14th January 2014 08:50 AM

Taking a dig at the BJP’s Bharatha Gellisi and Congress’ ‘Young India’ campaigns, JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy said on Monday that his party would go to polls with the slogan Karnataka Ulisi (Save Karnataka).

Kumaraswamy also questioned Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s contributions to Karnataka during the 10 years of UPA rule at the Centre. He accused the UPA government of discriminating against Karnataka on the Cauvery water dispute.

He also expressed displeasure at Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram for releasing funds for Hogenakkal drinking water project in Tamil Nadu, while state’s projects in Cauvery basin are being stalled. Kumaraswamy termed latest proposals to bring water from Sharavathi, Hemavathi and Yettinahole to meet Bangalore’s drinking water needs as irrational.

The employment generation has seen a slump and industrial production has suffered during the UPA regime, he said. Ridiculing the anti-corruption campaigns of Rahul and Modi, he said both the national parties are exploiting the people of Karnataka. While the UPA government has been beset with a string of mega scams, Modi’s promise of fighting corruption and giving transparent governance has lost its meaning with the BJP readmitting ‘tainted’ leader B S Yeddyurappa, he said.

“The national parties cannot protect the interest of people of Karnataka. The situation is conducive to form a non-Congress and non-BJP government at the Centre,” he said.

The JD(S) is trying to play a facilitator’s role in forming the Third Front ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. “We have planned to convene a convention of non-Congress and non-BJP like-minded parties in Bangalore in the first or second week of February,” he said.

Kumaraswamy denied reports of his meeting with Pramoda Devi, wife of scion of Mysore royal family Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, to offer her JD(S) ticket from Mysore.

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