Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) supremo H D Deve Gowda proclaimed to support Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Minister and said it’s okay for him to “sit by his (Rahul Gandhi) side.”
Deve Gowda dared to say this on the face of the PM Modi that “it is not necessary to become the Prime Minister.”
While denouncing rumours about him not contesting the elections, the JD(S) chief said, “I announced three years back that I will not contest elections. There are circumstances now in which I have been forced to contest. There is nothing to hide. I have no ambition of anything but what I always said is that I am not going to retire from active politics.”
Gowda said on his staunch support to the party, “Madam Sonia Gandhi has taken the decision to support Deve Gowda though we are a small party. Now it is my responsibility to move forward with Congress, though I do agree in some states there is no question of any coalition. But in Tamil Nadu, there is a coalition between Congress and DMK and with Sharad Pawar’s party in Maharashtra.”
Gowda said when asked on family being more important to him than party, “Several leaders who worked with me collectively, have left. Some people are in Congress, some in BJP. I was able to keep the party the intact but suffered. I have not allowed my family members to become president of the party.”
Deve Gowda is contesting from Tumkur parliamentary constituency along with his two grandsons – Nikhil Kumar (son of Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy) from Mandya constituency and Prajwal Revanna (son of public works minister H D Revanna) from Hassan Lok Sabha seat.