H.D. Deve Gowda, Janata Dal (Secular) supremo and former Prime Minister, has said that his party will go it alone in the Assembly elections. He also said that his party would emerge as the single largest party in the Assembly.

In an informal chat with The Hindu during his visit to the Chigateri General Hospital here on Monday, where working president of the party’s district unit B.M. Sathish had been admitted, Mr. Gowda said that his party had a bright future.

Mr. Gowda took exception to the filing of cases against farmers who were protesting seeking a change in the schedule of release of water from the Bhadra reservoir into canals to suit their agriculture activities. He said that Mr. Sathish and farmers were protesting peacefully to put pressure on the Bhadra Command Area Development Authority to change the schedule of release of water so that farmers could prepare their fields for cultivation.

He said that he had spoken to the Superintendent of Police and other authorities about the incident, and he would soon request the Irrigation Minister to reschedule the release of water as demanded by farmers.

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