BENGALURU:Sparks flew in the Legislative Assembly as the debate on the issues of farm loan waiver and other aspects of the state budget triggered a verbal duel between Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and leader of the opposition B S Yeddyurappa.
The debate flared up immediately after Kumaraswamy’s reply for the debate on the Motion of Thanks for the Governor’s Address. Expressing his displeasure for the CM’s reply, Yeddyurappa accused Kumaraswamy of betraying the farmers after assuring total waiver of farm loans. “Farmers have launched an agitation. Five farmers have committed suicide. Even coalition partner Congress members are not happy about the style of functioning of Kumaraswamy,” Yeddyurappa alleged.
Citing JD(S) manifesto, Yeddyurappa said the CM has failed to deliver on his promise to implement `6,000 per month allowance for senior citizens, waiver of loans of weavers, waiver of loans of Self-Help Groups and regularisation of services of contract workers.
Yeddyurappa then dwelt at length about the 20-20 coalition government of BJP and JD(S) formed in 2006 and recalled how Kumaraswamy broke the coalition pact and refused to allow Yeddyurappa to take over as the Chief Minister after Kumaraswamy’s tenure of 20 months as the Chief Minister.
Continuing the attack, Yeddyurappa accused Kumaraswamy of “back stabbing” former Chief Minister Dharam Singh. “Kumaraswamy is a back stabber, betrayal is in his blood. Kumaraswamy’s betrayal was also a cause for Dharam Singh’s death,” Yeddyurappa said.
Yeddyurappa’s charge drew strong objection from Kumaraswamy and members from the treasury benches. “Dharam Singh died 11 years after he lost power. I had a cordial relationship with Dharam even after he lost power. Yeddyurappa’s allegations are below the dignity of a leader of the Opposition,” Kumaraswamy said.
The duel continued with BJP members joining in support of Yeddyurappa and minister Srinivasa Gowda, Priyank Kharge and Bandeppa Kashempur countering the BJP members.Kumaraswamy hit back stating, “I had not gone to Yedyurappa’s house with a request to make me the CM. It was Yeddyurappa who came to me with a request for just a ministerial berth, not the CM post.” He also said that he wanted senior JD(S) leader MP Prakash to be the CM in 2006, but had to accept the CM post only after Prakash declined to accept the offer.The clash forced the Speaker to intervene and urge the two leaders to show restraint in their arguments.