BANGALORE: After leading a walkout of BJP legislators, treating them to coffee in the legislative assembly lounge on Tuesday, former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa on Wednesday used the floor of the House to declare he was going to sink all differences with the BJP, adding this was not to eye any post.
In his two-hour speech, Yeddyurappa said his efforts to unite the JD (S), BJP, KJP and B Sriramulu’s BSR (Congress ) was only to ensure Congress’s decimation in the Lok Sabha polls. “I am not eyeing anybody’s chair. I have seen all posts and know that power is not permanent. That’s why I want to sink all differences. Though many people gave me poison, I am trying to give them nectar,” he added. Taking exception to Siddaramaiah’s reported statement that only in the Congress could a person from backward classes or minorities become the CM, Yeddyurappa said, “Let Siddaramaiah make a Muslim as the CM and we all will support.” The CM was not present for most part of Yeddyurappa’s speech.
DIG AT CM
He also took on Siddaramaiah for not taking men of experience in his cabinet. “You have persons like DK Shiva Kumar, KR Ramesh Kumar, AB Malaka Reddy and G Parameshwara. All these persons would have made the cabinet an efficient one, where is your government ?” he asked.
Intervening,Ramesh Kumar said Siddaramaiah’s statements were in his capacity as a Congress leader. On Yeddyurappa’s challenge to make a Muslim as CM. Ramesh Kumar said : “The last assembly (BJP government )had four ministers whose total representation in Karnataka is 3% (referring to four Brahmin ministers ) and there was no representation from the 12% population (Muslims ). Even If I am not in Siddaramaiah’s cabinet, I am there to strengthen his hands,” he said.
On Siddaramaiah’s statement that economy of the state had suffered from 2006 to 2013, Yeddyurappa wanted to know if so,how could theCM present a Rs 1.21 lakh crore budget. “Your officers should learn how to maintain records from Deve Gowda. Without substantiating, the CM has blamed all previous governments,” he added.
Quota list next week
Municipalities and local bodies minister Qamarul Islam told the assembly the reservation list for posts of chiefs to the seven city corporations, 43 city municipal councils, 65 town municipal councils and 93 town panchayats will be issued by next week.
No hand in Madani case
Home minister K J George told the assembly the government will not interfere in the issue of whether to release Kerala-based People’s Democratic Party leader Abdul Nasser Madani, who is lodged in Bangalore jail in connection with the bomb blasts in the city in 2008. He told CT Ravi (BJP) that the court will decide his release.
Sites in Suryanagar
Housing minister M H Ambareesh told L A Ravisubramanya (BJP) that Karnataka Housing Board sites in Suryanagar third phase,Bangalore, which have been delayed, will be allotted in August. The Board will also ensure the sites are registered at the old guidance value.