"If the government has any evidence that JDS is a terrorist
group, let it ban it and even recommend to Centre",
Kumaraswamy, a former Chief Minister, told reporters here,
reacting sharply to Gowda's comments made during the campaign
for the August 18 bypolls to five assembly seats in the state.
Kumaraswamy said such statements coming from a person
heading a national political party do not augur well for his
own stature and his party.
Asked if JDS was willing for a tie-up with Congress in the
light of the bypoll outcome, he said ''let the congress
introspect on the prevailing ground realities.''
In the bye-elections, BJP and JDS had bagged two seats
each and Congress one.Congress, which had held four seats,
conceded two to BJP and one to JDS.
After the JDS candidate's nomination was rejected on
technical grounds in Govindarajanagar in Bangalore, where
Housing Minister V Somanna lost, JDS chief H D Deve Gowda had
himself canvassed in the constituency calling for support to
secular party, apparently referring to Congress.
Bangalore: JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy on Saturday
flayed BJP state unit president D V Sadananda Gowda's remarks
calling his party an 'outfit of terrorists' and challenged the
saffron party government in the state to recommend banning the
party to the Centre if it believed so.
First Published: Saturday, August 22, 2009, 18:33