Srinivasa Gowda joins JD(S)

It’s official: Former minister K Srinivasa Gowda waves the JD(S) flag after joining the party at a programme organised at the Government Boys' College grounds in Kolar on Thursday. Former Prime Minister H D Devegowda, and party leaders including H D Kumaraswamy, P G R Sindhia,  G K Venkatashiva Reddy and Zameer Ahmed are with him. DH photoFormer Minister K Srinivasa Gowda and his supporters officially joined the JD(S) on Thursday, at a programme organised in the Government Boys' College grounds.

Speaking on the occasion, Gowda said his two-and-a-half year long exile from his native district that had begun after joining the Congress had ended. He advised his supporters to totally disregard the Congress. “I do not wish anyone to suffer like I did,” he added.
The Congress has no candidate contesting elections from Vakkaleri zilla panchayat constituency. He accused the Congress of supporting the Vakkaleri legislator ‘who has received money from the BJP in exchange for his support to the BJP’.

Reading the future

Former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy predicted that the state would witness political polarization soon after the zilla and taluk panchayat elections.

After cutting the cake on his 52nd birthday on Thursday, Kumaraswamy spoke strongly against the BJP-led State Government as well as Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.

The condition of state politics will change with declaration of the panchayat poll results. “The people in the State will teach Yeddyurappa a lesson,” he added.

Poor condition

Power rates have been increased. Subsidy on the seeds given to farmers for sowing has been reduced. The Chief Minister himself is unaware about the stage at which the Yaragol drinking water project, started in the district two-and-a-half years ago, is currently, accused Kumaraswamy.

He called upon the citizens to support the JD(S) in its venture in upsetting the BJP government.

Kumaraswamy expressed happiness at Srinivasa Gowda returning to his native district.

Regain position

Former minister Alangur Srinivas and former legislator A Nagaraj spoke on the occasion. They called upon the party activists to unite in the fight during the panchayat polls.

“Kumaraswamy has promised to work towards solving the problems in the district. Party members should therefore strive to make him the Chief Minister again,” they said.

Legislator and district unit president G K Venkatashiva Reddy welcomed and made the inaugural speech. Party leaders Abdul Haziz, former minister P G R Sindhia, Zameer Ahmed, former legislators K R Srinivasaiah and Jyothi Reddy, former MP C Narayanaswamy, Muniratnam Naidu, Chandranna, C Muniyappa, E Gopal, Gopalakrishna, Durgamma, Urigili Rudraswamy, Bhaktavatsalam, C R Rudregowda, Krishna Reddy, R Dayananand, Suresh, Aruna Kumar, B M Mubarak, Dr Govindaraju, Nataraj, Naveeda Khan and Chennaveeraiah were on the dais.

New entrant has no listeners

Although former minister K Srinivasa Gowda seemed all excited about joining the JD(S), he was hardly given any chance to express his feelings and share his happiness, and recount tales of suffering in the past.

Hundreds of people, who had collected in the grounds to listen to former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, urged him to cut short and end his speech quickly.

To make matters worse for Gowda, it also started raining lightly, forcing him to speak just a few words to the audience.

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