Dharam Singh hits out at JD(S) rebels

Updated on Jan 28, 2006 05:30 PM IST

Dharam maintained that the new JD(S)-BJP ministry would not last long.

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Karnataka Chief Minister N Dharam Singh on Saturday attacked the JD(S) rebel faction for bringing down his 20-month-old government in a political coup, accusing rebels of doing so on "frivolous grounds".

Dharam maintained that the new JD(S)-BJP ministry would not last long.

"JD(S) does not have a philosophical bent of mind. Alliances cannot be broken on trivial issues like transfer of officials," Singh said, pouring out his ire over the action of JD(S) rebel leader HD Kumaraswamy, son of party supremo HD Deve Gowda.

Singh, however, chose not to attack Deve Gowda and said he did not feel let down or betrayed by him.

"I am not going to blame anybody," a relaxed Singh told a press conference where he announced that he had tendered his resignation.
Asked specifically if he felt betrayed by Deve Gowda, he said: "No (he has not). Nobody has betrayed me."

Singh demanded that Deve Gowda should tell Left party leaders like Prakash Karat, Sitaram Yechuri and AB BardhanBardhan the reasons why his party pulled down his government.

"Did our government not deliver the goods? Why are they leaving us? They should tell."

Claiming that the new government, being formed by two political outfits sharing different political ideologies, would not last long, Singh sought to remind BJP it cannot come to power by whipping up passions.

He said he would expose the "opportunistic politics" of the BJP.'
However, Singh said that he had no regrets and was not downcast following his resignation.
"I am satisfied with my performance in the last 20 months. I have no regrets for losing power. Power may come and go. I am in politics for 40 years. I have faced so many ups and downs in my life," he said.
Thanking people and the media for their support to him during his tenure as Chief Minister, Singh said, "I did not let my people down and did not cling to power."

He, however, warned people that bad days are ahead for them under the new government. Singh said the JD(S)-BJP alliance does not bring credit to anyone and said it won't last long.

Flaying the Speaker's action in recognising HD Kumaraswamy as JD(S) legislative party leader in the Assembly on Friday and his decision to adjourn the House sine die, Singh said the presiding officer's move was against "parliamentary democracy."

He maintained that he wanted to resign on January 18 itself when JD(S) MLAs led by Kumaraswamy decided to form an alternative government but decided to go in for the "collective opinion" of the party high command.

Targeting the Speaker, Singh said it was the first time in his 34 years as MLA that he had seen "such an attitude" of the presiding officer.

"I don't understand the attitude of the Speaker" who has "curtailed" the right to express "feelings" and "emotions" in the house, he said.

Karnataka Governor accepts Singh's resignation

Karnataka Governor T N Chaturvedi on Saturday accepted with immediate effect the resignation of Chief Minister N Dharam Singh.

Singh has been asked to continue in his responsibilities, till alternative arrangements are made, Chaturvedi said.

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