Gowda calls Janata Parivar leaders to return to party fold

Inauguration: National Janata Dal (Secular) President H D Deve Gowda inaugurating party workers meeting  at Hassan on Sunday. JD(S) leaders C N Balakrishna,  H K Javaregowda,  MLAs H D Revanna, H S Prakash, former MLA B V Karigowda and others are seen. DH photo

Taking blame for whatever happened in the past in Janata Parivar, former prime minister and one of the founders of the parivar, H D Deve Gowda again floated the idea of unification of all secular leaders under the banner of Janata Parivar.

Talking to newspersons here on Sunday, Gowda said he would be the happiest person if the leaders of the erstwhile Janata Parivar join hands to form an alternative government in the State. The Janata Parivar was founded by Ramakrishna Hegde, J H Patel, S R Bommai and himself. While all others have died except him. He would take blame for all the happenings in the past and now his aim was to strengthen the Janata Parivar again.

He said he would accord a red carpet welcome for the Janata Parivar leaders to return to the party fold. They should forget the past, uphold social justice and be prepared to give a people-friendly government in the State. The BJP, after came to power, has been doing injustice to backward classes and minorities. They announced to file a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court to set right injustice to backward classes while announcing reservation in taluk and zilla panchayats at the last minute. The ruling party had betrayed backward classes and minorities. The reservation was in  place as long the H D Kumaraswamy Government was at the helm of affairs. But, it was changed after the BJP came to power. Kumaraswamy has been asked to strictly follow social justice while distributing tickets to candidates.

Gowda said he wished to build a prosperous Karnataka with the help of the erstwhile Janata Parivar. The Janata Dal (Secular) has been striving to bring all those leaders under an umbrella. “There is no secret pact with Congress in TP/ZP polls. Such a canard is being spread by leaders who are jobless”.

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