“There is no question of a tie- up with the Congress. JD-S will go alone and fight all the 224 constituencies with its own candidates in the coming assembly elections in 2018,” said JDS supremo H D Devegowda here in the city on Tuesday.
Addressing the media in Mysuru, the former prime Minister said that “The Congress is striving hard to regain its lost ground. On the other hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed to begin his Navabharata scheme from Karnataka by announcing six new programmes. With the battle of money between the two national parties getting larger day by the day, the JD-S will go to the public with nothing but plain developmental works that we had done during our tenure.
“People remember the unique programmes initiated by our government. The then chief minister, H D Kumaraswamy waived off farmers’ loans. He came up with ‘grama vasthavya’ concept which no other chief minister had dared to do until then. The ideas of ‘suvarna grama’ and Bengaluru development were made during JD-S tenure. People have realised that it is better to have a regional party at power rather than the greedy national parties,” he said.
“State BJP president B S Yeddyurappa has accused us to have taken money from the Congress to align with it. I don’t see any need to give him an explanation. I do not have to learn any political values from him.”
Vishwanath to JD-S?
Speaking about the recent rumours of Congress leader A H Vishwanath joining the JD-S, Deve Gowda said that he hasn’t met the Congress leader yet. vishwanath had recently kicked up a controversy in the political circles after he openly condemned Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. He was also issued a notice by the Congress high command which had left him fuming. “There is no doubt that he is a powerful leader in this part of the region. If he is ready for a dialogue with us, we are game. Both of us have seen what the national parties have done to the state so far. Everyone knows that the state government has failed to address the current drought situation in the state.”
The list of the candidates for the assembly elections will be released after the core committee meeting, Deve Gowda said. “Once the list is announced there will be no alterations done to it,” he added, mocking at Siddaramaiah who had said that the Congress will announce the list six months prior to the election.
Deve Gowda also said that he is undergoing Ayurvedic treatment for his limbs and will be staying in Mysuru for the next two days. Hundreds of JD-S party workers accompanied the JDS supremo. (SN, PR).