Mysuru: Denying media reports of cozying up with the Congress for electoral gains, veteran Janata Dal (S) leader G T Devegowda reiterated his decision to contest from Chamundeshwari constituency in the next assembly elections to defeat the state Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in his home turf.
Talking to reporters at a private hotel on October 6, G T Devegowda said rumours were being spread of him switching sides which he rubbished as untrue. Being a loyal and dedicated JDS worker, he will contest from Chamundeshwari assembly constituency to defeat Siddaramiah, GTD thundered.
Questioning CM about his contribution to Chamudeshwari constituency, Devegowda placed caste equations favouring him. He charged CM of stifling the growth of youth leaders from Kuruba community and ignoring those who contributed to his victory in the historic battle earlier in Chamundeshwari Assembly segment which gave him political birth. With 80,000 Vokkaligas, 40 Kurubas, 30,000 Lingayaths and 50000 Dalits, the script is clear, said GTD sounding confident of his victory.
Launching a tirade against the CM, Devegowda said the former’s contribution to the constituency after getting elected as MLA was 1983 is bare minimum. None were made chairpersons of state boards nor were their efforts recognised said GTD, accusing CM of not even talking to those who strived for his resurgence in politics.
CM's contribution to his own Kuruba community is negligible accused GTD and demanded the former to showcase his achievements when roads in pathetic condition were not being repaired in Kuruba hamlets.
Cautioning partymen not to give into rumours, GTD said, in the event of a straight contest, CM’s defeat was certain.