Janata Dal (Secular) chief HD Deve Gowda on Friday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using central agencies to target opposition parties ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The 86-year-old former Prime Minister made the allegation a day after Income Tax officials conducted raids in Karnataka.
“I am watching the Union government – how constitutionally created institutions have been used, misused to destroy the opposition parties. Only one word I would like to say,” Mr Gowda said in an interview with NDTV at his south Bengaluru residence. “The quantum of money (Modi) spent for the election in 2014 — how many aircraft engage, how many choppers engages. From where that money came? I have been watching everything for the last five years. I have kept quiet.”
Mr Gowda said he was shocked by the manner in which the Prime Minister was exploiting his position. “This type of level the prime minister is reduced — never in the past. So sorry the office of the prime minister is brought down to such level,” he added.
The Janata Dal (Secular) chief alleged that the raids were part of a vindictive plot orchestrated by PM Modi because his son, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, had rejected an offer of alliance extended by the BJP before last year’s assembly elections. “Modi has several times, Shah has several times tried to persuade Kumaraswamy to come back to the fold. This was before assembly elections last year. They said, ‘You come to Bombay. We have got our man. Whatever money you want.’ I have openly told I will disown my son if he follows those lines. Kumaraswamy took a firm stand,” he said.
He claimed that the hallmark of PM Modi’s elections speeches was his “arrogance”. “I was watching today, what type of speeches? He thinks he’s the only honest man, all others are corrupt? This type of statement with all arrogance is bothersome. People of this country watch this leader, his performance, he is only Prime Minister who now brought it to the first developed countries? What happened the space thing. I don’t want to go into this. He thinks he is the only man who has made India powerful,” he said.