H D Deve Gowda angry over demand for probe into telephone tapping case


Bengaluru: The Janata Dal (Secular) has started feeling the heat on Thursday with its alliance partner Congress demanding probe into the alleged telephone tapping of politicians by the coalition government headed by H D Kumaraswamy.

Former Prime Minister and JD (S) National President H D Deve Gowda is upset over the demand and tried to brazen it out. He asked whether the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, who are demanding probe into the alleged phone tapping, have any self respect. Leave phone tapping, who spirited away legislators, he asked. “I know what BJP leaders have done in other states. I have all the information with me. Let us see what BJP leaders will do,” he added.

Deve Gowda said he can speak a lot on tapping. “I know what has happed in whose time. But I am not going to discuss the issue.”

However, his son H D Kumaraswamy said that “I do not know why name is being dragged into the allegations. The BJP is in power. Let them order whatever inquiry they want. We have no objection to it,” he added.

He declined to comment on the remarks of former JD(S) president A H Vishwanath. But he was aware of who has done what in the last one year.

Interestingly, Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah and former Home Minister M B Patil demanded an inquiry into the snooping charges. The Government should order a suitable inquiry and punish those behind the tapping, Siddaramaiah said. Patil said he would urge Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to order an inquiry into the allegations and take necessary steps.

It is believed that Kumaraswamy did not have confidence in Siddaramaiah and was worried before the Lok Sabha elections that the Congress leader may not whole-heartedly support coalition partner JD (S). It is a known fact that Siddaramaiah has dislike for Deve Gowda family as it did not make him the Chief Minister when he was in the JD(S). He was not keen on the Congress supporting Kumaraswamy after the Assembly elections that threw up a hung verdict.

Former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, former Deputy Chief Minister R Ashoka and MP Shobha Kalandlaje also demanded an inquiry into the bugging allegations.