STILL READS FROM CHITS’: DEVE GOWDA HITS BACK AT RAHUL FOR BJP B-TEAM TALK, HINTS AT JOINING THIRD FRONT

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‘STILL READS FROM CHITS’: DEVE GOWDA HITS BACK AT RAHUL FOR BJP B-TEAM TALK, HINTS AT JOINING THIRD FRONT

Deve Gowda said that Siddaramaiah was living in a fool’s paradise if he believed he would come to power again in Karnataka after heading the worst government.
Deepa Balakrishnan | CNN-News18deepab18

Updated: March 26, 2018,
File photo of Janata Dal (Secular) chief HD Deve Gowda. (Getty Images)

Bengaluru: JD(S) national president and former Prime Minister Deve Gowda has ridiculed Rahul Gandhi’s suggestion that his party has a tacit pact with the BJP in Karnataka as the babble of a youngster.

In an exclusive interview with CNN-News18’s Deepa Balakrishnan, Gowda said that the Gandhi scion lacks leadership and still hasn’t understood JD(S)’s contributions in uplifting minorities in the country.

He was reacting to the Congress president’s allegation during an election rally on Sunday that his party, the JD(S), is the BJP’s B-team and any vote for anyone other than the Congress is as good as a vote for the BJP as the saffron party is out to grab power at any cost.

Here are excerpts from the conversation:

Q. How do you react to being called the B-team of the BJP?

A. Rahul Gandhi should first understand Karnataka politics. He was guided by local leaders of the Congress. He is still a youngster. Let us be frank, he still has a long way to go to develop leadership.

He must first understand what I have done for minorities as PM and as the CM of Karnataka. At that time, he was not here. He was studying abroad. He should at least ask his mother (Sonia Gandhi) about it.

He does not even know how to talk about a party that is headed by a former PM. He still reads the chits that are given to him by others. He is going to be belittled by people. He wants to give a certificate to me? I solved the Idgah Maidan dispute. I brought reservation.

Q. There is a national campaign underway to get secular parties together. Where is the stand of JD(S) on this?

A. There are two types of thinking, two approaches to fight the 2019 elections. One is anti-NDA or anti-BJP. People who subscribe to this feel all secular parties should come together.

Those belonging to the other school of thought want to build a front minus the BJP and minus the Congress. All other regional parties should come together to fight 2019 elections, that’s our position.

But now, I will confine myself to Karnataka. For the next 65 days, I won’t scratch my head about national politics. Till the assembly elections get over, I am totally concentrating on Karnataka. I won’t go to Delhi because every minute is precious for me.

After that I will take a call on what stand to take to protect the interest of the nation. There won’t be any personal interest or gain in that decision. I have already been PM. I have no political ambitions. I want to see country free of communal and fundamentalist forces who are out to break the nation.

Q: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said he wants to defeat your family members this election.

A. Who is Siddaramaiah? Who has grown up under me? He has helmed one of the worst governments in the state. There is no law and order here and corruption is rampant. If he thinks by giving some advertisements he can overcome all these deficiencies, he is living in a fool’s paradise.

Q. But he wants to take you on in your home town of Hassan?

A. He has already taken me on in Hassan. Let him. He has taken a call. Let us wait for the results.

Q. If there is a hung assembly as is being predicted, who will the JD(S) go with?

A. There is no question of going with anybody. We will sit in the opposition and function as a true opposition. The leader would be Kumaraswamy (his son).
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First Published: March 26, 2018, 11:15 PM IST
Edited by: Aakarshuk Sarna
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Updated: March 26, 2018, 9:53 PM IST
Image tweeted by Tejashwi Yadav.

Patna: Dissident BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha met the family members of Lalu Prasad in the city, a day after visiting the jailed RJD president at a hospital in Ranchi where he is being treated.

While Sinha called on Prasad on Saturday after a CBI court handed him 14 years’ jail term in a fodder scam case, he travelled to Rabri Devi’s 10 Circular Road residence in Patna on Sunday to meet her and her sons.

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Sinha, who has been at odds with his party leadership ever since he was ignored in the 2015 Bihar polls, defended seeing Prasad and his family, saying it was a “personal” matter and was about his “sanskar” (values).

“For me, it’s like once a friend always a friend,” he told PTI today. “It is my principle not to consider political opponents as enemy.”

He asserted his meeting should not be seen through political prims. “I went to meet Prasad and his kin to be with the family in this hour of crisis.”

Sinha had some kind words for the jailed RJD supremo also, who he said was a “victim of conspiracy of circumstances”.

“I hope he (Prasad) will get justice sooner or latter,” he said.

The BJP MP from Patna Sahib also sought to blunt criticisms that might come from any quarter for his meeting.

“If my meeting is taken as a sin what about the prime minister attending the wedding of Lalu Prasad’s daughter or the wedding of Congress leader Digvijay Singh’s daughter and wishing Sonia Gandhi during a personal encounter?

“This (his meeting with Prasad and his family) should be seen in the same light. When the time comes we may talk politics also … No problem,” he added.

“I have never crossed the Lakshaman rekha (limits) of my party. I always maintain discipline”.

He praised Prasad’s sons saying Tejashwi has a very “bright future” and that he was impressed with him. “About Tej Pratap Yadav do not try to underestimate him also.”

“Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi President) and Tejashwi Yadav are people to be watched out for,” the senior BJP leader said.

Tejashwi, who is the Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly, also tweeted about the meeting.

“Indomitable, the original Bihari Babu and stalwart of Indian Cinema & Politics Sh. @ShatruganSinha Ji came calling to show solidarity with us! He is appalled by #VendettaPolitics being meted out to fiesty @laluprasadrjd Ji! He always stands for genuine & honest friends.”

His brother Tej Pratap Yadav also tweeted. “A great selfie with Shatrughan Sinha ji.”

“Standing with us as a guardian in the fight against feudal government, many many thanks to Shatrughan Sinhaji,” he added.
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