Twenty-three-year-old Prajwal, the second son of former minister H D Revanna and grandson of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, was the star attraction at the JD(S) campaign meeting in Channarayapatna on Sunday.
For the first time, Prajwal shared the dais with his grandfather and parents Revanna and Bhavani.
The family members were yet to give him the green signal to address public rallies, but sources said Gowda wants Prajwal, an engineering graduate, to accompany him in meetings to attract youths. Prajwal is taking care of campaigning in Belur and Sakleshpur Assembly constituencies along with a group of friends.
It is learnt that Prajwal often guides his grandfather and spends hours browsing Kannada and English dailies and social networking sites. The Gowda family had directed Prajwal to keep away from politics after he criticised JD(S) leaders in 2013 for lambasting MP H K Javaregowda, who is in the Congress. Though the senior leaders were upset with his statements, they kept mum.
‘Who is Modi to Protect Me?’
“Let Narendra Modi take care of all sections of society and not just me,” former prime minister H D Deve Gowda said on Sunday.
Addressing a party meeting in Channarayapatna town, he reiterated his statement in Shimoga that he will retire from active politics if Modi becomes prime minister by winning 267 seats.
“Is it possible for BJP to form the government on its own by projecting Modi as its prime ministerial candidate?” the JD(S) supremo said.
Commenting on Modi’s statement in Chikballapur that he will treat Gowda as a father if he comes to Gujarat, Gowda said, “Who is he to protect me and why should I go there? Kannadigas have given me enough”.
MLA C N Balakrishna was present on the occasion.