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Will waive farm loans if we get a mandate: Kumaraswamy

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G.T. Deve Gowda inducted into Janata Dal (Secular)

G.T. Deve Gowda (second from left) being inducted into the Janata Dal (Secular) by the former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy in Mysore on Monday. Anita Kumaraswamy, MLA, is seen.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
G.T. Deve Gowda (second from left) being inducted into the Janata Dal (Secular) by the former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy in Mysore on Monday. Anita Kumaraswamy, MLA, is seen.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

The former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has promised welfare schemes for the poor if the Janata Dal (Secular) comes to power in the Assembly elections.

He was here to address a function at the Maharaja College grounds to induct G.T. Deve Gowda, who quit the Bharatiya Janata Party recently, into the JD(S).

Loans taken by farmers would be waived, Mr. Kumaraswamy said and appealed to farmers not to take their lives. The JD(S) would restore the subsidy on fertilizer and increase widow pension to Rs. 1,500, he said.

When some of the speakers suggested Mr. Kumaraswamy as the party’s chief ministerial candidate, he said: “I am in politics to serve the people, especially the poor, and not to become the Chief Minister”.

“Only a strong regional party can solve the problems, including the Cauvery, of the State. My entry into politics and elevation as Chief Minister were accidental. I understood the problems of the poor after touring the State,” Mr. Kumaraswamy said.

The Janata Dal (S) leader lashed out at Congress leaders who had been targeting the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said the party would get 130 to 135 seats in the Assembly elections. Taking a dig at Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah, he said the Congress leader’s dream of becoming the Chief Minister would not be realised.

He accused Mr. Siddaramaiah of attempting to divide voters on caste lines.

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