Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda on Saturday promised to end “hate politics” and replace it with “politics of trust” while owing to keep the tenets of perspiration, commitment and discipline which he had imbibed from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
He also owed to end nepotism in politics. He was speaking at the civic reception organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party at the headquarters of the RSS – Sangha Nikethan – here. He said it was deliberate he had embarked on his State tour from the RSS headquarters here. It was his first visit to his home district after becoming Chief Minister.
Regretting that politics had come to mean being preoccupied with pulling the rug from under rivals’ feet, he said today’s politics was full of nepotism. He observed that politics had come to mean plundering the exchequer. But he had, before him, the ideals of the well-known politician of this region the late Srinivas Mallya. “I will pursue the politics sans corruption, sans nepotism,” he declared.
Politics of love
He said neither he nor his well-wishers had ever thought of he attaining the post. Mr. Gowda said “politics of love” was the secret behind his success.
He also vowed to continue schemes launched by his predecessor without naming B.S. Yeddyurappa. He had already begun consultations with different departments. He recalled on one single day, he had met 10 union ministers and 10 other leaders from 7 a.m. to midnight and taken their advices in his bid to develop the state.
Recalling that he had launched a month-long agitation against a murder in Sullia, he said that marked the beginning of his political his career. The way he had responded to the incident of stoning of the car of Pejawar seer had given further fillip to his career. At every leg of his life, he said he has faced challenges. He had take on heavy weights in elections. Even as a chief minister he was facing challenges. His strengths lied in his past political experience.
Describing himself as “accidental Chief Minister”, he recalled that even the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had told him that he (Mr. Singh) too was an accidental Prime Minister during his visit to Delhi after assuming charge as Chief Minister.
Later he visited temple towns of Dharmasthala and Subramanya, his village Mandekolu in Sullia and Puttur, which he had represented in the Assembly twice. EOM