Mangalore, Oct 9 (UNI) Former Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader B S Yediyurappa today charged that Janata Dal(S) was sowing 'poisonous' seeds of caste and communal hatred among the people of the state.
Addressing a well attended meeting organised by the party to protest against JD(S) for not transferring power to the BJP as per the pre-government formation pact, he said denied JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda's charge that he had failed to visit the victims of communal riots in this city during October last year.
"It is wrong on part of Mr Gowda to say that I stayed in circuit house and not visited the victims. Mr Kumaraswamy and I went to the houses of the victims and I personally handed over the solatium to the victims. Mr Gowda is trying to divide people on communal grounds. If he (Mr Gowda) proves his charges I will retire from politics," he challenged.
The BJP leader said JD(S) was spreading 'false propaganda' against him and the BJP and yesterday's rumors that BJP would again align with JD(S) was instigated by the latter. "The BJP will not have a tie-up with JD(S), anymore and the party has taken a firm decision to this effect," he said.
On the pact on transfer of power Mr Yediyurappa said when it was arrived at only two people -- Mr Kumaraswamy and himself were involved. "From where did Mr Gowda and JD(S) state President Merajuddin Patel came into picture. They were not involved in the agreement and Mr Kumaraswamy involved them only to deny power to BJP," he charged.
He said BJP was ready to face the elections any time and was confident of forming the government on its own.
BJP state unit president Sadananda Gowda accused Mr Kumaraswamy of falling into corrupt ways by passing important files in the cabinet despite all the BJP ministers had handed their resignations to him.
Party General Secretary Anant Kumar denied that there was any rift between him and Mr Yediyurappa and it was a false propaganda.
The party in Karnataka was united and confident of a very good outcome in the coming elections.