Bengaluru, Nov 20 : Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday tendered apology for the remarks made by Law Minister J C Madhu Swamy against a Kuruba community Swamiji at a function held in Chikkanayakahalli here.
Speaking to the media here, Mr Yediyurappa expressed regrets saying that Mr Swamy should not have spoken against Swamiji. "I tender apology to the people of the community if his (Minister's) remarks had hurt them. It was not made with intention to hurt any section of the people and even Mr Swamy has tendered his regret for his outburst and hence there is no need to further rake up the issue and let the chapter be closed once for all", the Chief Minister said.
Referring to Opposition leader in the Legislative Assembly and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's statement on disqualified MLAs contesting in the December 5 by-election, Mr Yediyurappa questioned, "when the Supreme Court has permitted the disqualified MLAs to contest, what right he has to question them?''
''People will decide about who are to be disqualified. BJP has come to power in the state with the help of these disqualified MLAs and people will further bless them by voting in the by election. BJP is sure of winning in all the 15 Assembly constituencies", he stated.
The CM further stated that Mr Siddaramaiah was boosting himself despite Congress winning only one seat in the last Lok Sabha election in the state.
"He (Mr Siddaramaiah) is behaving as though there is no other political leader more intelligent like him. But he has not realised that he is alone in his party as most of his party leaders do not like his arrogancy", Mr Yediyurappa added.
He claimed that Independent Lok Sabha member Sumalatha Ambareesh would extend her support to party candidates in the byelection. (UNI)