KJP, party of robbers, prisoners: HDK

Well before the formal launch of Karnataka Janata Party (KJP), former chief minister and state Janata Dal(S) president H.D. Kum­araswamy indulged in slander and described the new outfit as one of “robbers and prisoners” (Kallara mattu Jailuvasigala Paksha), on Saturday.

Speaking to media persons here, he asked “What is the philosophy or ideology of this party? The term Janata is a big misnomer for the party.

He (former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa) was jailed on charges of corruption, and some of his associates are on the verge of going to jail. So, how will the Janata (voters) accept him as their leader?”

Continuing in the same breath, he wondered why the former chief minister was talking about turning Karnataka into a dream state after next year’s polls to the Legislative Assembly.

“How come Mr Yeddyurappa did not realise that people had elected him nearly four-and-half years ago, and he remained as the Chief Minister for over three-and-half years?

Why did he not realise his dream of building a prosperous state? He is merely resorting to gimmicks by talking about his vision of a prosperous state.

Our people have always chosen their leaders carefully, particularly leaders with a clean record. By describing himself as a thick-skinned person, he has lost the battle halfway through,” he added.

Mr Kumaraswamy attempted to set the record straight about the fact that his party was controlled by his family, and supported by Vokkaligas. “Be it my father or any member of our family, we believe in inclusive politics.

Though I am a Vokkaliga by birth, I set an example by staying in houses of houses dalits and others when I was the Chief Minister.

This is the philosophy and ideology of our party, but our detractors try to blame us all the time. Our hearts always beat for the deprived masses,” he added.

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