Bangalore, June 4: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today paid a courtesy call on former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) National President H D Deve Gowda at his Padmanabhanagar residence.
The visit, first after Mr Yeddyurappa becoming Chief Minister, comes hours before the beginning of the Special Assembly Session of the BJP which succeeded in making inroad in South for the first time. According to a release from the Chief Minister's Secretariat, Mr Gowda was all praise for Mr Yeddyurappa for extending immediate relief to the Lorry accident victims at Arakalagudu in his home District of Hassan in which more than 40 people were killed on May 29.
Mr Gowda expressed his happiness over Mr Yeddyurappa taking oath in the name of farmers and god. " No chief Minister so far had taken the oath in the name of the farmers. I am very happy that Yeddyurappa took the oath in the name of farmers. It shows his concern to the farmers. I welcome this gesture and extend all cooperation in all his efforts for the welfare of the farmers".
Mr Yeddyurappa said that "the former Prime Minister's words of appreciation have enthused me. Development is my only priority and I promise to work without giving room for discrimination".
The Chief Minister sought the cooperation of all 224 MLAs.
Mr Yeddyurappa also called on the former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy at his brother-in-law's residence and exchanged plesentrities.