HDK's dinner diplomacy with Bidari

HDK's dinner diplomacy with Bidari

Former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy dined with Bidari at the latter’s residence on Friday night.

Gowda and his sons had been spewing venom against the police officer over the inquiry into irregularities in awarding of contracts in Upper Krishna Project.

When Bidari was questioned about the ‘dinner diplomacy,’ he told Deccan Herald that Kumaraswamy wanted to meet him for quite some time and clear some confusions and misconceptions pertaining to the case. “Since the former chief minister was busy touring Bangalore rural district, he took time off and decided to meet me at my place,” Bidari explained.

“I cleared the air from the police angle. Several leaders and VIPs visit me. There is no need to add colour to this visit. It was plain talk and there was no political intention behind it,” he clarified. Bidari said that the Government had not asked him to report on his meeting with Kumaraswamy.

The meeting assumes significance as the Government had sought a CID probe into the alleged irregularities in awarding contracts for the Upper Krishna Project when H D Deve Gowda was the chief minister.

Soon after the BJP government’s announcement, Kumaraswamy had alleged that Bidari was hatching a conspiracy to implicate Deve Gowda. The latter had also alleged that the action reflected political vendetta of the ruling BJP.

Reacting to the allegations of the Gowda clan, Bidari had written to the Government to handover the investigation to the Lokayukta.

The chief minister had sought legal opinion from Advocate General B V Acharya on whether the investigation could be referred to the Lokayukta. Acharya had opined that it should not be transferred to the Lokayukta.

The JD(S) had alleged that Bidari was eyeing for a Congress ticket to contest elections. But Bidari had denied any such move. He is due for retirement next year.