Press Esc to close
Friday 01 July 2016
News updated at 11:34 AM IST
Weather
Max: 26.3°C
Min : 20.3°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

Mandya people deserved relief package, not laddoos: Gowda

Bangalore, Oct 3, 2013, dhns:

JD(S) chief H D Deve Gowda said on Thursday that Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi should have announced a relief package for sugarcane and coconut farmers in the Cauvery basin, instead of distributing laddoos at Monday’s rally in Mandya. Laddoos were distributed to express gratitude to the people of Mandya for ensuring the victory of the party candidate in the Lok Sabha by-election, he said.

“What the farmers wanted was a package and a solution to the Cauvery water dispute and not laddoos,” he stated.

Sonia should have spoken about the dispute. The Cauvery river is the lifeline of the people of the region, he said.

Buoyed by the success in the by-election, the Congress leaders have said they will storm Hassan district, Gowda said. “Before coming to Hassan, let them first declare their candidate in Hassan (for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections). They cannot intimidate me like this. I am not going to sit silent. I will teach them an appropriate lesson in the next polls. They will see the Deve Gowda of 1972,” he warned. The JD(S) national executive meeting will he held on October 25 and 26 to select the party’s candidate for the 2014 polls, he said.

‘Let Yatnal go’


Asked about JD(S) leader Basanagouda Patil Yatnal’s recent call to vote for BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Gowda said: “He is a big leader. If he wants to quit the party, he is free to do so. I had neither asked him to join the JD(S) nor will I stop him from quitting the party,” he  stated. Nobody is indispensable to the party, the former prime minister said.

“Yatnal joined the JD(S) on his own and he is now planning to quit,” he said. It is said Yatnal is cut up with the party for not making him the State unit president.

On Third Front

Gowda predicted that neither the NDA nor the UPA will be able to get majority in the 2014 general elections and that the Third Front will be the only alternative.

“Things are still very fluid in the country. A lot of things will change in the run-up to the polls. The Third Front will emerge as an alternative to the UPA and NDA,” he stated.

On the Union Cabinet's decision to withdraw the controversial ordinance to protect convicted lawmakers from immediate disqualification, Gowda said the Centre took the decision following opposition to it from all quarters and not because Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi took exception to it.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Naval NCC cadets of West Bengal and Sikkim...

Naval NCC cadets of West Bengal and Sikkim...

A view of the Taj Mahal as cloud hover in the...

A view of the Taj Mahal as cloud hover in the...

Army personnel take positions the house where militants were hiding...

Army personnel take positions the house where militants were hiding...

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with deputy CM Manish Sisodia talks with..

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with deputy CM Manish Sisodia talks with..

Visitors enjoy the rain at Rajpath in New Delhi...

Visitors enjoy the rain at Rajpath in New Delhi...

An AirAsia A320 Aircraft with livery painting at Hyderabad on...

An AirAsia A320 Aircraft with livery painting at Hyderabad on...

Vice President Hamid Ansari with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and...

Vice President Hamid Ansari with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and...

A Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) being successfully test-fired from...

A Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) being successfully test-fired from...

Erosion intensified at sea-shore at Ullala near Mangaluru on Thursday following rains. PTI Photo

Erosion intensified at sea-shore at Ullala near Mangaluru on Thursday following rains. PTI Photo

Villagers looking at a one horned rhinoceros that strayed in...

Villagers looking at a one horned rhinoceros that strayed in...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523