Gowda urges party workers to replicate 1996 poll results

The Janata Dal (Secular) got into poll mode in Karnataka and organised a ‘grama sabha to Lok Sabha’ convention of elected representatives of the party here on Friday.

The former Prime Minister and national president H.D. Deve Gowda lashed out at the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for what he termed their anti-people and anti-farmer policies.

He appealed to party workers to leave no stone unturned in replicating the results of 1996, where the party had secured 16 Lok Sabha seats and helped Mr. Gowda become the Prime Minister, even while clarifying that he was not nurturing ambitions of becoming Prime Minister again.


The JD(S) plans to hold a series of conventions targeting different sections of the community. “A women’s convention will be held in Tumkur on January 23 and a separate convention targeting youth is scheduled to be held on January 29 in Bangalore,” Mr. Gowda said.

Accusing the Congress and the BJP of dividing the society in the name of caste and religion, the former Prime Minister said the Congress was conducting caste-based conventions (AHINDA) to woo electorates, and the BJP was indulging in dividing society by playing the Modi card.

“Never did the JD(S) conduct caste conventions. It treats all communities and castes equally.“I have fought for interests of the State, especially for farmers, for the last five decades and continue to do so without bothering about victory or defeat in elections.”

Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly H.D. Kumaraswamy alleged that the BJP, which failed in meeting the aspirations of the people during its tenure, was now trying to woo the electorate by promoting Modi’s kind of development.

He sought support for Mr. Gowda. “It is possible to get dividends by electing at least 15 Lok Sabha members from the party. Supporting Mr. Modi will not help Karnataka. What did BJP MPs do when injustice has been done to Cauvery and Krishna water issues,” he asked.

Targeting Chief Minister Siddaramaiah throughout his address, he accused him of yielding to pressure and admitting legislators facing charges into his Cabinet.

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