Hunsur: Disqualified legislator and BJP candidate AH Vishwanath, who helped bring down the Congress-JD(S) coaliton government in July,  has raised eyebrows with his recent appreciation for former chief minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy. On Tuesday, he took many by surprise as he heaped praises on former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy for his performance in his first stint as CM in 2006.

Vishwanath, who is contesting the Hunsur bypolls on BJP ticket, stated, “Kumaraswamy was the best CM in 2006. But he was not allowed to provide a good administration in the coalition government in 2018.”

“He did such good work in 2006 that people remember it even today. But his second innings was not good as he had to pacify several leaders in the coalition government,” said Vishwanath.

The former JD(S) leader went on to claim that he was in good terms with HD Kumaraswamy. “I talk to HD Deve Gowda too on the telephone,” he added.  His comments came a day after he mentioned at an election meeting in Hunsur that he was humiliated by Kumaraswamy and was forced to resign from the JD(S) for the sake of his dignity.

Rubbishing  Congress leader, G Parameshwar's claim in Hunsur on Monday, that he and Siddaramaiah were like twin ox (jodeththu), he said, “Both have opposite views. Seeing all the humiliation  the Congress has heaped on him, Parameshwar should not be out campaigning for it.”

Responding to former minister, HC Mahadevappa's claim that he had a mental disease, he shot back, “I don't have any such disease. I am happy with people. I don't flatter them just like that. I appreciated him too when he did good work as minister.”