Bangalore: JDS supremo HD Deve Gowda on Friday
alleged that former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa
was controlling the BJP government in the state from jail.
"... Yeddyurappa sitting inside the jail is controlling
the government. No doubt about it... Yeddyurappa is not in the
seat but he controls everything. Whole world knows (it)," he
told reporters here.
Gowda claimed Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda could
not remove a single official appointed to the Chief Minister`s
Office by his predecessor Yeddyurappa, who is in judicial
custody in connection with a case relating to alleged
irregularities in denotification of government land.
He also said a few weeks before resigning as chief
minister, Yeddyurappa had promised quick action after he
(Gowda) held a dharna in front of his residence drawing
attention to the "neglect" of his home district of Hassan by
the state government in the last three-and-half years.
He said he wrote in this regard to Sadananda Gowda and
the latter informed him that the Cabinet has taken a decision
to release Rs 18 crore to take up three works in Hassan.
"Even after one-and-half months, not even 18 paise has
been released. Who is controlling (the government)," Deve
Gowda said, charging Yeddyurappa with stalling the move.
Gowda said his son and MLA H D Revanna, would stage a
dharna in front of the chief minister`s residence on November
3 protesting the alleged neglect of Hassan.
Denying any wrong doing in the Upper Krishna Project
(UKP), Gowda said, "It`s not one man`s decision. There were
four stages for approval, including empowered committee, the
state-run Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigama Limited and the Cabinet."
The CID yesterday registered a case in connection with
alleged irregularities and financial misappropriation in the
UKP, a move seen as one aimed at dragging Deve Gowda in the
The case pertains to alleged irregularities between 1995
and 1998 (Gowda was chief minister during 1994-1996 and then
was prime minister during 1996-1997). The FIR has not named
any accused since their names were not yet known, said CID.
Asked if the BJP government was "targeting" him and
indulging in "vindictive politics" since his party was vocal
in levelling allegations of corruption against it, Deve Gowda
side-stepped it but chose to attack CID chief Shankar Bidari.
He accused Bidari of raking up the case with an "aim" to
become the state`s DGP.
Officials worked sincerely to complete the project on
time so that the state could utilise its full share of water
under the Bachawat Tribunal award, Deve Gowda said.
He said the issues surrounding the UKP project would now
be discussed in "public platforms".
"The war has begun now," he added.