Kumaraswamy slams CM for anti-regional parties stand
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 17:43
Bangalore: JD-S leader HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday slammed Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa for his comment that regional parties are a big hurdle to development and termed it as an "arrogant statement".

Kumaraswamy, a former chief minister who at one time ran a coalition government with BJP, sought to remind Yeddyurappa that his party has an alliance with "regional party" JD-U in Bihar, while some states run by regional parties such as Tamil Nadu are doing a good job.

"It's an arrogant statement. He (Yeddyurappa) will repent for it in the coming days," Kumaraswamy said.

Favouring a two-party system (BJP and Congress), the Karnataka Chief Minister had yesterday dubbed regional parties as a "big hurdle" for development.

Kumaraswamy stoutly denied Yeddyurappa's contention, stating his party has never come in the way of development but added that whenever a Chief Minister or a government indulged in illegal and corrupt acts, JD-S has opposed it and staged agitations.

He expressed the view that given the current debate on corruption issues, it is clear that national parties were a big hurdle to development.

Kumaraswamy flayed Yeddyurappa for his statement that he would expose the alleged misdeeds of the Deve Gowda family.

"If he (Yeddyurappa) has documents (about our misdeeds), let him come out and expose. Who is preventing him from doing so?" Kumaraswamy, son of former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, asked.

Kumaraswamy repeated his comments that the Assembly has been turned into a "toddy shop" by the ruling party.

He said the comment was made intentionally and with responsibility. "I am ready to depose before the privileges committee, if called," he said, adding that he actually saw it as an opportunity to highlight the alleged corruption and wrongdoing by the BJP government in the state.


First Published: Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 17:43

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