Staff Correspondent

HASSAN: “I was a Congressman for 25 years. Once I was its MLA from Sakleshpur. Once I was defeated. I joined the Janata Dal (S) at the invitation of H.D. Deve Gowda four years ago. I worked for Janata Dal (S) candidates in the 2004 elections in Hassan district,” said Janata Dal (S) MLC B.R. Gurudev.

He was addressing presspersons in Hassan on Tuesday.

Mr. Gurudev said that the former Prime Minister, Mr. Deve Gowda, had promised to make him MLC followed by a Ministerial berth. Accordingly, he was made MLC. However, he could not be inducted as Minister because there was a ceiling.

“However, I engaged myself in development works. Since two years, especially after H.D. Kumaraswamy became the Chief Minister, I was neglected in the party. The visits of the Chief Minister and the former Prime Minister were never communicated to me. So I decided to return to the Congress,” he said.

Mr. Gurudev said, “I will campaign for the Congress candidates in the elections.”