Mandya: Former MLA N Cheluvarayaswamy, who rebelled against the Janata Dal (Secular) party and joined the Congress party last year, has been blatantly attacking the conduct of his former party members, especially party supremo H D Deve Gowda and his family.
In his latest comments, Cheluvarayaswamy said that former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy had questioned whether the JDS party had asked former Congress leader D K Shivakumar, who is in the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) custody, to get involved in corruption.
Speaking to the media here on Monday, September 16, the former MLA said, “HDK, during a recent meeting with the JD(S) workers in Mysuru, said that some were criticizing him for not participating in the Vokkaliga community's protest against DKShi's arrest by the ED. He then asked if anyone had asked DKShi to get himself involved in a scam. He also said that even if DKShi had been involved in the scam, could he have distributed the money to the public. He then asked if he could be blamed for DKShi's situation."
Admitting that he wasn't sure whether the statement was true or not, Cheluvarayaswamy said, “I heard this from someone else. I’m not sure what the real statement is so I will not comment on it without knowing the facts.”
Criticising HDK for not standing by DKShi in his tough time, he said, “DKShi had fought to save HDK's position as chief minister when the Congress-JD(S) coalition government was being threatened by the rebel MLAs' resignation, but today, HDK has not stood by him. If HDK would have faced any trouble, DKShi would have definitely sat outside the police station. HDK could have at least given him some moral support. Forget giving moral support, he didn't even participate in the Vokkaliga community protest in Bengaluru against DKShi’s arrest.”
“The day the Vokkaliga protest was held, HDK organized a programme in Channapatna. I’m not sure whether he organized the programme to restrict people from participating in the protest," he added.
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