Karnataka polls: JD(S) rebel candidate Harish Gowda uses inappropriate language during conference, apologizes

Harish Gowda criticized his opponent – JD(S) candidate KS Rangappa, who is the former vice-chancellor (VC) University of Mysore (UoM) very badly using foul language. 

Published: 03rd May 2018 06:07 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd May 2018 06:07 PM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

MYSURU: JD(S) rebel candidate K Harish Gowda who is contesting from the Chamaraja constituency as an independent candidate, on Thursday criticized his opponent – JD(S) candidate KS Rangappa, who is the former vice-chancellor (VC) University of Mysore (UoM) very badly using foul language. 

While talking to the reporters about how Rangappa became the VC, he said after “I (Gowda) was also an employee (non-teaching staff) of UoM, but I took voluntary retirement. I know Rangappa for the past 15 years, I have worked with him. After J Shashidhar Prasad retired as VC of UoM, Rangappa had applied for the post of VC. During this time, HD Kumaraswamy was the Chief Minister, once when I asked Rangappa about the status of his application to become the VC, Rangappa had said that your HD Revanna  (former minister and brother of Kumarswamy) has kept my application under his buttocks (in the press conference he used the word as a slang in Kannada language),” he added. 

Soon after giving this statement in the press conference, he apologized for using the word. He said, “Sorry for using that word some women journalists are also here.” He said BJP and Congress candidates are my competitors, but not Rangappa.  

Harish, who was the former Mysuru city president of JD(S) quit the party after the party denied him a ticket, but Rangappa, a close relative of HD Deve Gowda managed to get the ticket. 

After releasing his manifesto for Chamaraja constituency, Gowda said after he left the party HD Deve Gowda asked him not to contest as an independent in the elections against JD(S). “I respect HD Deve Gowda, because he didn't put too much of pressure on me to stay away from contesting the elections,” he added. 

Harish denied the rumors of accepting money from Congress and BJP to defeat Rangappa in the elections and he also denied accepting Rs 35 crores from Rangappa to stop campaigning to win in the elections as an independent candidate. 

While talking about his 12-point manifesto, he said “If I win in the election, I will make Chamaraja as a corruption free constituency. People are well aware about who are corrupt in this constituency.” 

When asked if  the Vokkaliga vote bank of JD(S) will be divided between him and Rangappa, Harish said “There are 22 wards in this constituency and there are more than 2.3 lakh voters, belonging to 365 different castes, people belonging to all these castes are in good terms with me, so this will not affect me.” 

Stay up to date on all the latest Karnataka news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp