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New Front Conclave By Month-end, Says Gowda

Published: 06th February 2014 07:36 AM

Last Updated: 06th February 2014 08:48 AM

Nothing excites former prime minister H D Deve Gowda as much as an election. The talk of a new political grouping of regional and Left outfits has ignited his ambition to play a big role in national politics.

Though actively giving shape to what he calls the ‘United Front’, Gowda says his heart is in Karnataka and its welfare.

In an interview with Express, Gowda predicts many changes after Lok Sabha polls. Excerpts:

Front Constituents

The political atmosphere in the country has forced regional parties to come together to forge an alternative to the NDA and the UPA. The proposed United Front will also have parties now part of BJP and Congress-led alliances. More regional parties may extend support after the elections. It will take a few more weeks before we come out with names of people who will lead the front. Leaders of all key parties will meet in Patna or Bangalore to launch the United Front, maybe by month end.

Many PM Hopefuls

What is wrong if Jayalalithaa or Nitesh Kumar want to become Prime Minister? She says if she gets 40 seats, she is an aspirant. I am not in the race.

Scope of JD(S)

When we are fielding candidates in all 28 constituencies, how can you say we are confined to Old Mysore? A moon cannot be dark for ever. Sometimes, a cloud covers it for a while.

Caste and Money

I am not going to rule out their influence. But by themselves, they cannot help anyone win. Gradually, they will be destroyed by the electorate.

Party Funding

It is difficult to raise funds for a party like the JD(S). Regional parties in power can manage to get some money, but it is difficult for those out of power. The Congress introduced the Companies Act allowing corporate funding of political parties with the sole intention of undermining regional parties. Which corporate house will come to me? But I have full faith in my party and cadres. I will take up the challenge and face both the Congress and the BJP. They know what Deve Gowda is capable of. Deve Gowda is Deve Gowda.

On Kumaraswamy 

He has made mistakes and not Deve Gowda. His wrong selection of candidates in the Assembly polls paved the way for a Congress’ victory. He did all the hard work and toured the state alone. But while selecting candidates, he erred. He should have consulted everyone. This time, I will not let it happen. We will take a collective decision at the parliamentary board.

Anitha’s Prospects

This time, my daughter-in-law will not move an inch without my advice. I have not made up my mind. Because she has suffered very badly (with back-to-back defeats in the Legislative Assembly and Lok Sabha by-polls in 2013), I will think many times before taking any decision on fielding her.

Aam Aadmi Party

I am not going to brush aside this new breed of politics. AAP’s victory is an indication that people are fed up with both the Congress and the BJP. They are youngsters and have of a lot of zeal but lack experience.

Nandan Nilekani

He has done a good job. But Union Minister Veerappa Moily says there is no need for Aadhaar cards to claim subsidy. What is the use of this exercise using so much public money?

Cauvery Dispute

This summer too there will be a crisis. The central government is to blame for the imbroglio. How can anyone say two thirds of Bangalore doesn’t come under the drinking water scheme? I am not commenting on the judges, it is for them to search their hearts.

Amma as PM

If Amma (Jayalalithaa) becomes prime minister, I am sure she will act diligently and protect the interests of Karnataka, too. She is now Amma for just Tamil Nadu. Once she becomes PM, she will be Amma for the whole country and like any mother, she will show kindness and love towards Karnataka in dealing with the Cauvery river water dispute.

After the Polls

There will be a new political polarisation in the country and in Karnataka. Wait till the elections are over. Have that much patience and then we will have another interview.

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