Mangalore, Oct 9 (UNI) Former Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa today alleged that ''the JD(S) was ''sowing seeds of caste and communal hatred in the state''.
Addressing a meeting organised by the BJP to protest against the JD(S)'s betrayal on power transfer issue, he rebutted JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda's charge that he had failed to visit the victims of communal riots in the 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 visited the houses of the victims. I personally handed over 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 said.
Mr Yediyurappa alleged that the JD(S) was spreading 'false propaganda' against him and his party.
''The BJP will not have any tie-up with JD(S) anymore. The party has taken a firm decision on this,'' he further said.
On the agreement regarding power transfer, Mr Yediyurappa said '' only Mr Kumaraswamy and myself were involved while framing such an agreement. From where did Mr Gowda and JD(S) state President Merajuddin Patel came into the picture. They were not involved in the agreement. Mr Kumaraswamy got them involved only to deny power to BJP.'' The minister said his party was ready to face the elections 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 despite all the BJP ministers resigning from the Cabinet.
Party General Secretary Anant Kumar also denied the reports which published a rift between him and Mr Yediyurappa.
''It is a false propaganda. The party is united and confident of performing well in the ensuing elections,'' he added.