When the arch-rival Siddaramaiah praised Yediyurappa

BENGALURU: senior BJP officials praised the prime minister BS Yediyurappa who celebrated his 78th birthday with fanfare at Palace Grounds, but it was former Prime Minister Siddaramaiah of Congress who took the spotlight.

Siddaramaiah, considered the enemy of Yediyurappa, was the only member of the opposition ranks who attended the congratulation event on Thursday. Although former Prime Minister and leader of the JD (S) HD Kumaraswamy legislative party was invited, he did not appear citing previous commitments.

An excited Yediyurappa recognized Siddarmaiah's presence and said he would never forget the gesture. “Siddaramaiah has made this function special by accepting our invitation. I will remember this forever. It has shown that personal relationships are more important than political affiliations, the CM said.

Siddaramaiah corresponded the compliment by saying: “Politics is different, personal relationships are different. We must not allow our political differences and ideologies to get in the way of personal life. ” He described Yediyurappa as a self-made politician and one who played an important role in bringing BJP to power in Karnataka.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, who inaugurated the event, described Yediyurappa as a born fighter who opened the doors for BJP in southern India. Yediyurappa's trip from the son of a humble farmer to the prime minister is inspiring, he said.

He also praised his concern for farmers and the oppressed. Yediyurappa was the first CM in the country to offer agricultural loans at zero percent interest and propagate the concept of zero-budget agriculture when other states had no idea about it, Singh said.

BJP National Secretary General BL Santhosh said that Yediyurappa worked tirelessly and selflessly to build the party from scratch and that his concern for the agricultural community is paramount. The former CM SM Krishna was also present.

Thanking everyone, Yediyurappa said he would strive to make Karnataka a model state in the remaining three years of his term. He also recalled the former Union minister and colleague HN Ananth Kumar with whom he built the party. “I should have been by my side today. I miss him so much .