Janata Dal (S) supremo and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda will stage an indefinite dharna near the residence of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa from Monday to protest alleged undertaking of development works based on political affiliations of local legislators and MPs.
His son and former Chief Minister, H.D. Kumaraswamy, is geared up to take a “truth test” at Dharmasthala despite the fact that the Chief Minister has pulled out of the challenge made to his predecessor about a week ago.
Ministers and legislators of the BJP and legislators of the Janata Dal (S) will be present in strength at Dharmasthala on Monday to back their respective leaders, with Mr. Yeddyurappa also expected to offer prayers at the temple before leaving for Kukke Subramanya to inaugurate development works.
In Bangalore, given the rules that permission shall not be granted for staging a protest near the office or residence of the Chief Minister, the Bangalore police are unlikely to permit the dharna and consequently the former Prime Minister will face arrest.
Those who would join Mr. Gowda are six Janata Dal (S) legislators from Hassan district, apart from the former Home Minister, P.G.R. Sindhia.
Mr. Gowda told The Hindu that he was firm on staging the dharna and was ready for arrest.
Thus, even as the Yeddyurappa government is seeking to come out of the spell of embarrassment arising out of an advertisement issued last weekend to challenge Mr. Kumaraswamy to face a “truth test,” the government is expected to face another round of problems with Mr. Gowda himself stepping into the arena.
The former Prime Minister had staged a dharna in Hassan on June 22 and had also issued an ultimatum to the State government to resolve the demands placed by him failing which he would repeat the dharna on the doorstep of the Chief Minister.
Mr. Yeddyurappa, who initially dismissed lightly the charge of development works in Hassan being neglected, is expected to conduct a review of the works undertaken in the district on July 1. Hindu