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Updated: November 19, 2013 13:26 IST

‘Modi appeasing youths without offering solutions’

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H.D. Deve Gowda. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
The Hindu H.D. Deve Gowda. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Central policies alone cannot be blamed for the slump in the IT sector in the State, said the former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) national president H.D. Deve Gowda on Monday.

He was reacting to Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s statement made during an election rally in Bangalore on Sunday.

“He (Mr. Modi) is entitled to his views. But there are lot of factors that has led to the downslide, including the slowdown of global market,” Mr. Deve Gowda told presspersons at the Mangalore International Airport.

Mr. Modi’s speech in Bangalore, Mr. Deve Gowda said, was about appeasing the youth by raising issues such as slowdown in the information technology sector and unemployment.

“He can talk. But is there a solution,” asked Mr. Deve Gowda and said that people were wise enough to evaluate his credentials.

Mr. Deve Gowda said that the turnout of people for the Bangalore rally was far less than what has been claimed by the State BJP unit.

On the formation of a third front, Mr. Deve Gowda said that regional parties were talking of forming a third front that provides the people an alternative to the Congress and the BJP.

“This is still being discussed. Parties have to come together. We (JD-S) have not initiated any discussion on this,” he said.

On the reports of the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa joining the third front, Mr. Deve Gowda said, “Let him first resolve confusion within himself. In the last few days there was news about him coming back to the BJP.”

Mr. Deve Gowda said that it was too early to announce party candidates for the Lok Sabha elections as national parties have not finalised their candidates yet.

On the proposed Bill to ban superstitious practices in the State, Mr. Deve Gowda said, “We cannot have any discussion with non-believers. We can discuss this only with believers.”

The last line takes the cake! He wants to discuss the issue with
believers only - who will
(i) Either want to continue to be fooled - due to their belief system
(ii) Want to continue to fool innocent folk - for obvious monetary gains

from:  Amritananda
Posted on: Nov 19, 2013 at 16:24 IST

Solutions can be found and implemented. Apparently our Govt. has
decided that there is no solution but in order to keep its stock and
image together, they are implementing strange laws which are keeping
the people and their focus diverted. The irony of this act is that all
these measures are counter productive and are creating further
complication in the already complicated system.
Economic slowdown cannot be managed by introducing a change in the Income Tax Act or by granting more teeth to SEBI or ROC. Changes to simplify the existing laws, make it more friendly was the need but the Govt has just done the opposite. Scams, corruption, mismanagement and policy paralysis have led to the situation we face today. The solution lies right within this framework and a simple analysis of the deeds will yield results. Everything negative cannot be blamed on Global
slowdown. We have our own country, independent economy and 1.2 billion
strong population to deal with the situation.

from:  Arvind
Posted on: Nov 19, 2013 at 14:06 IST
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