Mysuru: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah described the recently concluded byelections to Nanjangud as needless and lashed out at the BJP for seeking votes on the basis of caste.
Addressing a public rally at Nanjangud on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said the byelection was necessitated owing to the ego of the previous MLA (V. Srinivas Prasad). He did not directly refer to Mr. Prasad but alluded to him during his speech.
The rally was held at Gundlupet and Nanjangud to thank the voters for ensuring a Congress victory. Mr. Siddaramaiah also thanked the Janata Dal (Secular) for not fielding candidates in the constituencies, resulting in a direct contest and consolidation of votes in favour of the Congress. “I thank JD (S) leaders, H.D. Deve Gowda and H.D. Kumaraswamy,” said the Chief Minister who also lauded the work of DSS activists.
But much of Mr. Siddaramaiah’s criticism was reserved for the BJP State president B.S. Yeddyurappa for seeking votes on caste basis.
“ We sought public support for the development works [initiated by the government] unlike the BJP which sought votes on the basis of caste and is out to destroy the social fabric of society,” said Mr. Siddaramaiah.
“I referred to neither Mr. Yeddyurappa nor the BJP candidate in the fray (Mr. Prasad) but sought votes on the basis of the development works undertaken by the Congress government and the people supported us,” he added.
Mr. Siddaramaiah praised Congress workers, led by Minister H.C. Mahadevappa and Chamarajanagar MP R. Dhruvanarayan, for the Congress victory.
The Chief Minister said Sunil Bose, son of Mr. Mahadevappa, was an aspirant but was advised against entering the fray and the party took the challenge posed by Mr. Prasad seriously and fought hard. The rally was attended by Congress leaders, including Allum Veerabhadrappa, G. Parameshwara, H. Anjaneya, Tanveer Sait, and B.K. Chandrashekar.