Staff Correspondent

KOLAR: Republican Party of India (Athavale) president and MP Ramadas Athavale has criticised the former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) president, H.D. Deve Gowda, for joining hands with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka to run a government in the past.

People should not trust such leaders who were ready to connive with the communal forces for the sake of power, Mr. Athavale said.

He was inaugurating a State-level convention of RPI here on Tuesday.

Mr. Deve Gowda and his son H.D. Kumaraswamy, while claiming to be secular, were time and again changing their stand to suit their needs, Mr. Athavale said.

Referring to the large number of women at the convention, Mr. Athavale said that his party would strive for passage of Women’s Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha.

His party, while being committed to the ideals of B.R. Ambedkar, would fight for the welfare of all sections of people, he said.