As I have been a Prime Minister, I have the satisfaction of solving many complex problems facing the nation, said former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda.
He was speaking during the farewell ceremony organised for University of Mysore Vice Chancellor Prof K S Rangappa at the Crawford Hall in the city on Tuesday.
Deve Gowda said “I had met Syed Ali Shah Geelani, a separatist Hurriyat leader, six times in order to find a solution for the Jammu and Kashmir imbroglio. This is the occasion I am giving out the secret for the first time, as a PM, I had held several rounds of talks with the separatists to solve the Jammu and Kashmir problem. I still have the capacity to run the nation as prime minister. But the people and leaders who were with me when I became Prime Minister are not with me today.”
“From the past 50 years I have been struggling in politics and have been fighting for the Cauvery water sharing issue in Karnataka, those who supported my stand in Cauvery are not with me today, I am still struggling for this,” he added.
“Prof Rangappa has faced various issues and hurdles in developing this(UoM) prestigious university, he may be hurt but he has not expressed his pain and didn’t hear a word from the people who criticised him and worked towards the welfare of university,” said Deve Gowda.
Vice Chairman of the State Planning Commission C M Ibrahim said “For me Deve Gowda is my guru and most holy man, I would take a decision on my future political plans only after Sankranti.”
He hinted that he would soon join JD(S) as he mentioned and praised Deve Gowda and expressed dissatisfaction against CM Siddaramaiah.
Urging Prof Rangappa to enter into politics, he said “Rangappa as a chemist and scientist should enter politics and invent a cure for the disease ailing the politics and few politicians, a good academician like Prof Rangappa must come to Vidhana Soudha.”