Former Prime Minister and JDS National President H D Deve Gowda today claimed that it was Congress-JDS that gave strength to Congress to pave the way to scuttle the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make India free from Congress (Congress Mukt India). Speaking at a party rally at Mandya town, here on Thursday, where he had announced the candidature of his grandson Nikhil, as the JD(S) candidate for the coming Lok Sabha elections from Mandya the former prime minister informed that after the JD(S)-Congress alliance formed in Karnataka the BJP could win only one seat among the 13 by-elections held across the country. “I still remember the scene witnessed during the swearing-in ceremony of Mr. Kumaraswamy in which leaders of various non-BJP parties had arrived and showed their willingness to fight unitedly to thrash the dreams of BJP retaining the power after 2019 general election,” he added.
Devegowda revealed that when Congress came forward to have alliance only with aim of preventing BJP from coming to power in the State and asked Kumaraswamy to become Chief Minister, he was initially not agreed and asked any Congress leader to the post since he (Kumaraswamy) has undergone open heart surgery and he may not take up further responsibility. “Succumbing to the pressure of the Congress leaders, finally Kumaraswamy agreed to shoulder the responsibility,” he said. Refuting the charges that he was indulged in the family politics, the JD(S) leader said that “My father was an Agriculturist and he was not a politician. I selected my grandsons to see that my works in Politics is continued and the aim of serving the people should be carried further and not with any other ill intention or to prevent others from losing the opportunity.” JDS, which had announced the candidature of Prajwal Revanna, who is also the grandson of Devegowda and son of Minister H D Revanna, to his home District Hassan Lok Sabha seat yesterday, within hours announced the name of another grandson Nikhil Kumaraswamy for Mandya Lok Sabha seat.