Will not repeat past mistake of alliance with BJP: HDK

Will not repeat past mistake of alliance with BJP: HDK

JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy addresses the gathering during a roadshow in C V Raman Nagar constituency on Tuesday night. Party candidate P Ramesh is on Kumaraswamy's left. DH photo

Making an appeal to Bengaluru voters to bring his party to power, JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday said he wouldn’t repeat his past mistake of forming an alliance with the BJP after the May 12 polls.

Kumaraswamy, who took out roadshows in C V Raman Nagar, Jeevanbimanagar and Basavanagudi in support of his candidates, was reacting to the Congress’s charges against him and his father’s statements about “disowning” him, if he formed an alliance with the BJP.

“If I were to forge an alliance with the BJP, will I be slogging so hard? Was there need for me to tour north Karnataka in this scorching heat? I have travelled across the state, unmindful of my health problems. My only aim is to bring JD(S) to power. It was inevitable for me to take the decision (in 2006). I had to save my party. But now, I don’t want to be at the mercy of anybody,” he added.

He said that he had formed an alliance with the BJP not to promote communalism. “I had forged the alliance, keeping development in mind,” he said.

Appealing to the people to reject both the BJP and the Congress, Kumaraswamy said that the national parties had not contributed towards Bengaluru's development.

“The two parties are looting the state to supply money to their respective high command,” he added.

Further, he said that while Prime Minister Narendra Modi had charged that the Siddaramaiah government had looted the state, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has levelled the same charges against the BJP leaders. “If Modi was aware of the wrongdoings of the Congress government, why hasn’t he taken any action till date? Also, why hasn’t the Congress government initiated action against Yeddyurappa, who has been accused of several wrongdoings?” he said.

The JD(S), on the other hand, had made “immense” contributions towards the development of the city. He said that development of the IT corridor, Sirsi flyover and outer ring road were all contributions made by the JD(S) during Deve Gowda's tenure as chief minister.

“The Namma Metro works were flagged off by me. Give us a chance, all your problems will be addressed,” the former chief minister said. He said that if JD(S) came to power, he would put a stop to police atrocities.