BANGALORE: The former Prime Minister and Janata Dal(Secular) supremo, H.D. Deve Gowda, says he would not like to re-enter national politics for the time being and would remain confined to Karnataka until the BJP government here is removed.
Mr. Gowda, who met Communist Party of India leaders D. Raja and A.B. Bardhan over dinner on Sunday, told The Hindu on Monday that he did not wish to re-enter national politics at this stage. For, Karnataka was being ruled by the “worst possible government he has seen in 53 years of his political life.”
Mr. Bardhan called upon Mr. Gowda to lead farmers and workers’ struggle at the national level, instead of restricting himself to State politics.
Mr. Gowda said he brought to the notice of the CPI leaders, whom he described as his “old friends,” the maladministration in the State and the ruthless treatment of farmers. “The government has put behind bars several innocent farmers, including women.”
Mr. Gowda said his party could not, on its own, remove the BJP government. “It has to be done jointly with the Congress.” It was in this context the former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy entered into a seat-sharing understanding with the Congress during the recent elections to 25 Legislative Council seats from local bodies.
Mr. Raja described his and Mr. Bardhan’s meeting with Mr. Gowda as a “courtesy visit” during which Karnataka politics also came up for discussion.
Asked if their overtures to Mr. Gowda to lead a national struggle of farmers and workers were intended to revive the Third Front, Mr. Raja said the JD(S) chief was with them though “there is no Third Front as such.”