Mysuru, May 15:- “There are a lot of similarities between the earlier coalition government led by Dharam Singh and the present coalition government led by H D Kumaraswamy. Internal squabbles, allegations and counter-allegations are the order of the day in the present government as well,” said retired Director General of Police Dr D V Guruprasad on Tuesday.
He was addressing a discussion on his new books, ‘Goodhacharyeya Aa Dinagalu’ and ‘Aparadha Varadigarike’ organised by Mysuru District Journalists’ Association (MDJA) here.
“We should learn from our history. The book has insights into the S M Krishna and Dharam Singh governments. I have written about the internal problems of those governments, which the present government is also facing,” he added.
“When Krishna was the chief minister, he faced several challenges such as Cauvery River water dispute, Dr Rajkumar kidnap case and bandit Veerappan’s atrocities. There were similarities between the governments of accidental prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Dharam Singh. Only 10 ministers worked in his cabinet. Transfers were the biggest headache for him, which slowed down development,” he said.
“Telephone tapping has become very easy these days. Police and private people also do telephone taping. 80% of the cases are solved by telephone tapping. Intelligence Department also fails sometimes. During my time also, it happened. Then I requested Dharam Singh to transfer me. But he said that there was no mistake on my part,” he said.
Guruprasad recalled the suspension of Siddaramaiah from Janata Dal (Secular) which forced him to join Congress and the policies of political parties.
“Superintendent of Police of all the districts should brief the media about the cases every day. If the media doesn’t get proper information, they may carry exaggerated reports with mistakes. To avoid this, SPs should hold press meets,” he opined.
Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police JB Rangaswamy, correspondent of Vijaya Karnataka Koodly Gururaj, president of MDJA C K Mahendra and others were present. (MR/KMR)