'Save Karnataka' is JD(S) Slogan for LS Elections - The New Indian Express

'Save Karnataka' is JD(S) Slogan for LS Elections

Published: 14th January 2014 08:50 AM

Last Updated: 30th January 2014 07:32 PM

Taking a dig at the ‘Bharatha Gellisi’ and ‘Young India’ campaigns of the BJP and Congress respectively, 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.

Accusing the UPA Government of discriminating against Karnataka on the Cauvery water dispute, he said: “While Rahul and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah are keeping mum on the plight of farmers and people near Kanakapura on the banks of River Cauvery, the UPA Government has been encouraging Tamil Nadu to implement Hogenakkal drinking water project for Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts. Nobody is bothered when our own people on this side of the border are crying for safe drinking water.”

He also expressed his 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.

He 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, Kumaraswamy said both the national parties were 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.

Saying that Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa were drawing up strategies to emerge as strong prime ministerial candidates, he urged people to understand these realities and support the JD(S) to fight for the state’s interests.

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. The regional parties will play a decisive role in the formation of the government at the Centre after the Lok Sabha elections,” he said.

Kumaraswamy denied reports of his meeting with Pramoda Devi, wife of late Mysore royal scion Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, to offer her JD(S) ticket from the Mysore Lok Sabha constituency. He reiterated that the party would be very happy to give her ticket if she wants to contest.

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