‘Not retiring till JD(S) comes back to power’ - The New Indian Express

‘Not retiring till JD(S) comes back to power’

Published: 14th September 2013 09:41 AM

Last Updated: 14th September 2013 09:41 AM

Janata Dal (Secular) national president H D Deve Gowda said on Friday that he would decide on his retirement only after bringing his party back to power in the state.

At a function organised to hand over the baton to newly-appointed state president A Krishnappa here, Gowda said he was never perturbed by the party’s debacle.

“I will tour the state to bring the JD(S) back to power at any cost. I will come out clean from all allegations (that JD(S) was the party of father and sons and his party was known for breaking promises). I will think of retirement from politics only after achieving this task,” he said.

Gowda likened party state president A Krishnappa to Lord Krishna and said: “We have  Krishna in the form of Krishnappa. I am confident that Krishnappa will lead the party and this has reduced the burden on me. I will tour Mangalore, Udupi and Karwar from September 15 to win love and affection of all.”

Former Union minister Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, a contender for the party president’s post that went to Krishnappa,  said mining and real estate business have become a curse to politics. “It seems there is no place for good people,” he said.

Former minister Iqbal Ansari, another contender, lauded the contributions of Gowda and Kumaraswamy to the minority communities. He said he is ready for a debate on the issue with the minority leaders of the Congress like Roshan Baig, C M Ibrahim and Jaffer Sharief.

Earlier, Gowda’s son and former chief minister H D  Kumaraswamy handed over the charge to Krishnappa.

Kumaraswamy resigned after the JD(S) lost two of its MP seats to the Congress in the recent byelection.

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