Union Minister HD Kumaraswamy arrives to hero’s welcome, slams Congress

Kumaraswamy said the Congress was also conspiring against BJP leader BS Yediyurappa by foisting a POCSO case on him.
Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Steel HD Kumaraswamy welcomed at the JDS office in Bengaluru on Friday
Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Steel HD Kumaraswamy welcomed at the JDS office in Bengaluru on Friday |Nagaraja Gadekal

BENGALURU: Union Heavy Industries and Steel Minister HD Kumaraswamy arrived in Bengaluru on Friday to a rousing welcome and was virtually mobbed by party workers and supporters who stood in a long queue to felicitate him. Addressing party workers at the airport, he did not miss the chance to slam the Congress, claiming the party had hatched a conspiracy to finish off the Deve Gowda family politically. He said the party was also conspiring against BJP leader BS Yediyurappa by foisting a POCSO case on him.

On his first visit to the state as Union minister, his target was DCM DK Shivakumar. “Shivu ji, I am now a Union minister. I will not stoop down to your level,” he mocked. “After I became Union minister, some people are not able to sleep, some people have lost their appetite. I, for one, don’t hate anyone.”  

He arrived at Sadahalli Gate toll plaza and was welcomed by party workers with huge garlands of apples and flowers, and later drove to the party office where JDS city unit president H M Ramesh Gowda welcomed everyone.

Asked about the Darshan case and shamiyana being put outside the police station, he said, “I have never seen such a case before. If this government has any respect, let it be corrected,” he said.

Earlier at the airport, Kumaraswamy was welcomed by JDs leaders. He drove a short distance where a group of 5,000-6,000 JDS supporters and workers had gathered at a clearing near Sadahalli Gate toll plaza, chanting slogans and hailing him. He then drove to the JDS office where a massive stage was put up, and a crowd of about 2,000-3,000 people, comprising party members and workers, greeted him individually. From there, Kumaraswamy left to visit his parents HD Deve Gowda and Chennamma and seek their blessings. He then visited his own house where wife Anita welcomed him with mangalarathi. Post lunch, he met some visitors and left for Tirupati by road on Friday evening.

He is expected to visit Speaker UT Khader on Saturday afternoon to tender his resignation as MLA from Channapatna.     

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