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JD(S) leader Kumaraswamy ends fast

Last Updated: Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 14:31

Bangalore: JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Sunday ended his two-day-old indefinite fast to demand a CBI probe
into ruling BJP`s allegation that he and his family had
amassed illegal wealth of Rs 1,500 crore, saying he was doing
so bowing to the directives of his party and its workers.

Kumaraswamy was offered a glass of fruit juice by
Jnanapeetha Awardee U R Ananthamurthy at Freedom Park after he
urged him to withdrew the fast, which the JDS leader accepted
and ended his stir.

"Personally I am in favour of continuing with the fast. But
my party leaders, partymen and leading personalities have been
mounting pressure on me to give up the fast. I am obliging all
of them and respecting their sentiments."

Kumaraswamy criticised the `callous manner` in which
allegations were hurled against family members of former Prime
Minister H D Deve Gowda, including himself, by Chief Minister
B S Yeddyurappa and BJP.

Earlier, a three-member ministers’ team comprising Home
Minister R Ashoka, Labour Minister B N Bacchegowda and Housing
Minister V Somanna called on Kumaraswamy and handed over a
letter to him from Yeddyurappa, requesting him to call off the

Yeddyurappa invited Kumarawamy for parleys on the issues
raised by him and ruled out seeking a CBI probe.

A team of doctors from Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, who
conducted a medical check up on Kumaraswamy cautioned him
against continuing the fast as his blood pressure and sugar
levels fluctuated.

In view of the medical report, Deve Gowda convened an
emergent meeting of senior party leaders at which it decided
to direct Kumaraswamy to call off the fast.

Deve Gowda announced at a press conference that the party
had directed Kumaraswamy to withdraw the fast.

Senior JDS leader, M C Nanaiah communicated the party`s
decision to Kumaraswamy and insisted that he abide by it.

Addressing the gathering, Anantha Murthy urged Kumaraswamy
to end the fast and JDS supporters too voiced similar

Kumaraswamy had launched the fast yesterday demanding that
the state government seek a CBI probe into the allegations BJP
released in its 53-page chargsheet two weeks ago.

Yeddyurappa in his letter had assured that the word
`chargesheet` would be dropped and the document would be
labelled as `booklet.


First Published: Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 14:31
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