Parameshwara Regrets ‘Poison’ Remark - The New Indian Express

Parameshwara Regrets ‘Poison’ Remark

Published: 04th April 2014 08:44 AM

Last Updated: 04th April 2014 09:06 AM

Stung by sharp criticism from various quarters for his alleged poison jibe at JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda, KPCC president G Parameshwara has expressed regret for his remark on the former prime minister.

Speaking to reporters here on Thursday after releasing the Congress’ manifesto in Kannada, the KPCC chief said: “The statement I made on Deve Gowda was not aimed to hurt his feelings.”

 Clarifying that he has the highest regard for Gowda, who was the first ever PM from the State, Parameshwara said: “While addressing Congress workers on Wednesday, I had only brought to the fore the statement made by Gowda during the 2013 Assembly elections.

Stating that he has not used any unparliamentary language against Gowda, the KPCC chief said he wished Gowda would live for 100 years and he would pray for the same. “If my statement hurt Gowda, I express deep regret for my utterances,” he said.

Parameshwara’s statement invited wrath from the State Vokkaliga Association and also from Gowda’s supporters. Referring to CM Siddaramaiah’s statement on a farmer committing suicide in Belgaum  recently, the KPCC president pleaded ignorance on the matter. “Let me check with Siddaramaiah on the issue,” he said.

Parrying questions on the possibilities of former union railway minister C K Jaffer Sharief joining the JD(S), he said: ”As per my information, Sharief is in the Congress and taking rest at his residence after returning from Umrah.”

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