Bengaluru, Sep 22: Attacking Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa over delay in getting flood relief from the Centre, JDS supremo H D Deve Gowda on Sunday alleged the former was more bothered about retaining his position than the people of the state.
Chair is important (for Yediyurappa), not the people.
When chair becomes important for a politician, he never thinks about people, the former prime minister told reporters here.
He said there was "an agonising situation" prevailing in the state with people affected by the floods last month were in 'tears.' "He (Yediyurappa) has only one concern how to save his position, Gowda charged.
The JDS leader was replying to a question on the delay in Central aid for flood relief.
Opposition Congress and JDS have been targeting the BJP government in the state for not securing central aid to take up relief and rehabilitation works in flood hit districts.
Gowda's son and former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy too hit out at Yediyurappa over the latter's statement that he met Union Home Minister Amit Shah to seek Central aid for 22 districts hit by flood and did not discuss about disqualified MLAs.
It is a political drama when the chief minister says he has gone to seek funds for the flood affected people," he said.
In a series of tweets, Kumaraswamy alleged Yedyiyurappa has gone to Delhi to protect the interest of "disqualified victims of anti-democratic Operation Lotus, which was hatched using Amit Shahs clout."
By Operation Lotus, Kumaraswamy was referring to the resignation by Congress and JDS MLAs from the assembly, which toppled his government in July.
Rejecting their resignations, then assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar had disqualified 17 MLAs for their anti-party activities till 2023.
The election commission has announced byelections to 15 out of 17 assembly segments on October 21.
The disqualified MLAs have approached the Supreme Court challenging the Speaker's order and their case is coming up for hearing on Monday when they will seek a stay on the bypoll notification.
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Ranchi, Oct 18: Having lost nine successive tosses in Asia, an exasperated South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won't mind sending "someone else" in his place for the toss of the coin in the third and final Test against India, beginning here Saturday.
South Africa have struggled in Indian conditions and not winning the toss in the first two Tests has only made things tougher for them. Opting to bat in Visakhapatnam and Pune, India put up 500-plus totals to virtually bat the visitors out of the game.
"We really want to make sure that we compete with this team in their own conditions. We have done it in stages in the first Test. So, hoping that we can start with the toss tomorrow.
"Probably we will change... send someone else to the toss tomorrow. I can give you that... because my records so far has not been great," said du Plessis, in a lighter vein, on the eve of the game.
Du Plesiss said "anything is possible" if his side get to bat first.
"If you put big runs in the first innings, that's where it need to stop. Then anything from there is possible. Hopefully that will unfold in the next couple of days and hopefully we can put some runs on.
"The pitch looks a little bit drier and crustier so first innings runs will be vital and then anything from there is possible in the second innings," the South African skipper added.