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Gowda abuses Karnataka CM, backtracks

india Updated: Jan 11, 2010 09:31 IST

H.D. Deve Gowda, Janata Dal (Secular) chief and former Prime Minister, used foul language to make a personal attack on Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Sunday. But as his remarks began to draw flak, he later denied they were targeted at the CM.

Yeddyurappa retaliated by saying that Gowda had “lost his mental balance”.

Gowda made the remarks with reference to the controversial Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Project that farmers from Hemmigepura village are against. Gowda has joined the farmers in their agitation against land acquisition.

He was answering a news reporter who mentioned that Yeddyurappa had said Gowda himself had cleared the infrastructure project when he was the chief minister.

“Who is he? Bloody b******. Who the hell does Yeddyurappa think he is? Does he have any shame?” a fuming Gowda said.

Reacting to the outburst, Yeddyurappa said he was “deeply hurt” and that the JD(S) chief was “desperate” to hit out at him”.

Gowda’s remarks triggered a sharp reaction from Bharatiya Janata Party, with its state chief Sadananda Gowda demanding an apology. “No one would expect such behaviour from a person who has held the post of prime minister,” he said.

Later, Gowda tried to control the damage. He claimed the remarks were not made against the chief minister. “If they [his remarks] have hurt Yeddyurappa, I express my regret,” he told a regional television channel.