Staff Correspondent

Deve Gowda’s goodwill gesture

for Bangarappa

MYSORE: Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda has announced here in Mysore that his party will not field a candidate in the prestigious Shikaripur Assembly constituency, from where former Chief Minister S. Bangarappa is contesting against former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.

Addressing a party workers’ convention in Chamaraja Assembly constituency, Mr. Deve Gowda clarified that his party would not field a candidate in Shikaripur segment.

But he clarified that it did not mean that the Janata Dal (S) had entered into an alliance with the Samajwadi Party (SP).

He had directed party workers to work for any party which was opposing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress.

He further clarified that he had decided against fielding a candidate in Shikaripur as a gesture to the sympathy shown by Mr. Bangarappa when Mr. Deve Gowda was defeated in 1989.

“When I lost in 1989, Bangarappa had said that Mr. Deve Gowda should not have been defeated. He was courteous enough to feel my absence in legislature,” he added.

Regarding the party’s allocation of seats to backward communities, Mr. Deve Gowda said that the Janata Dal (S) had given representation to communities which other parties had neglected.

Referring to the statements made by the Congress and the BJP leaders that the Janata Dal (S) is a spent force, he said that, the power of his party would be known only after elections.

He said that former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy would campaign in Mysore region from May 1.