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Building party on caste lines impossible: Gowda

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JD(S) holds convention in Hubli

The former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda speaking at a convention of Janata Dal (Secular) in Hubli on Saturday— Photo: Kiran Bakale
The former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda speaking at a convention of Janata Dal (Secular) in Hubli on Saturday— Photo: Kiran Bakale

The former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda has said that it is impossible to build a political party on caste lines. He was here on Saturday to inaugurate a convention of the Dharwad district and Hubli-Dharwad Mahanagar zilla unit of the Janata Dal(Secular).

Mr. Gowda began his address recalling the “mistake” committed by his son and the former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, who joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party to come to power. Mr. Gowda said he was pained by the fact that his son chose to become the Chief Minister through indirect means, and at the cost of his party. However, much to his relief, Mr. Kumaraswamy was “now repenting his mistake”.

Mr. Gowda recalled the criticism he faced when his son became the Chief Minister. “Many people alleged that I was behind his elevation. I was nowhere involved and the party leaders conspired to keep me away from the developments. I was so much hurt that I didn’t even go to the swearing in ceremony. I have never compromised with principles,” he said.

Mr. Gowda said any political party that neglected the problems of farmers would not survive in the State.

Referring to the Global Investors Meet conducted by the government, he questioned the rationale behind acquiring over 1.8 lakh acres of fertile farmland on the pretext of industrial development.

“Industries such as Brahmani steels had signed memorandum of understanding with the government. The government should come out with details on how many industries had been setup and how they had helped the people of the State,” he said.

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