Bengaluru: Karnataka chief minister Kumaraswamy announced a total farm loan waiver in February, procurement of all crops from farmers at government rate, and Rs 80,000 crore for Bengaluru development like grate separators, elevated corridor projects and Rs 10,000 crore under CM special grant for 198 wards of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). Speaking at the JD(S) convention in Bengaluru today, CM HD Kumaraswamy suggested at that the JD(S) is for both rural and urban voters. HDK also stated that the JD(S) party is seeking to win 12 MP seats.

The call to party workers to strengthen the confidence of JD(S) by assuring victory of 12 MP seats in the Lok Sabha election also can be seen as a message to its coalition partner Congress, that the JD(S) will bargain hard for at least 12 MP seats.

Hinting that the JD(S) may opt for fielding party members for MP seats of North Karnataka like Bijapur, Raichur and Bidar, he requested party workers to coordinate with leaders like former ministers in the BJP government, SK Bellubbi, Revu Naik Belamagi.

Addressing the office bearers from different districts, HD Kumaraswamy said the party workers should take projects like the elevated corridor, outer ring road projects, grade separators to decongest traffic and also called for special grants to the BBMP for development of its wards.

"You should ensure that our party is not only for farmers but also for urban voters. Instead of fighting over chairman post for corporations and boards, work for the party and cooperate with my father HD Deve Gowda in the upcoming MP elections. Let us win at least 12 seats," Kumaraswamy said to party workers.

Expressing his displeasure over voters for not giving the JD(S) a good mandate in Assembly election, Kumaraswamy said, he has nothing to lose. He further added that if voters give him power for five years, he can power Karnataka to the top of the rankings in India.

"My father worked for the people and did not even name the party office in honour of himself. If we do not perform in five years and show you results, we will shut down our JD(S) office," stressed Kumaraswamy.

On his foreign trip

Speaking about his foreign trip, HDK said that the BJP leaders like Umesh Katti have predicted that his government will collapse on January 3 and to give the BJP a chance he went out of the country. 

On his Delhi trip

Kumaraswamy who met Prime Minister Modi, railway minister Piyush Goel and others said, "I told Prime Minister Modi to give the nod to the Upper Krishna Project that can help farmers in Bijapur, Bagalkot and other areas receive water for irrigation. I also discussed about pushing the suburban rain project from Ramanagar to Bengaluru, Sarjapura to Bengaluru, Bengaluru to Tumkur and Bengaluru to Hoskote," he said.