Gowda lists his gifts for B'lore, seeks votes

Gowda lists his gifts for B'lore, seeks votes

JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda on Thursday mocked the Congress for ridiculing the BJP for changing three chief ministers in five years.

Addressing an election rally here, he said the Congress was no better in the early 90s when it changed three chief ministers in five years. He said the Congress regime saw Veerendra Patil, S Bangarappa and Veerappa Moily as chief ministers.

“Now, the Congress claims that it will give a clean and corruption-free governance,” he said sarcastically.

In its attempt to grab the votes of minorities, the Congress has been accusing the
JD(S) of joining hands with the BJP and, this has been echoing in the minds of the minority community, too.

“If minorities are doubtful about our intentions, let them stand by the JD(S) so that we need not join hands with any other party,” said Gowda.

Hinting that this might be his last political struggle, Gowda urged Bangaloreans to elect his party for the overall development of the City.

Gowda lashed out at the Congress for concealing his contributions in putting Bangalore on the global map and said that though his tenure as chief minister was just 18 months, he was responsible for the overall development of the City, including the IT revolution.

Listing out his contributions, Gowda claimed credit for land reforms which later ensured land for industries in the City, Namma Metro, flyover at Sirsi Circle and Cauvery III and IV stage water supply schemes.

Gowda also claimed that it was he as the prime minister who cleared the Delhi Metro rail project and said: “Why don’t Manmohan Singh or Sonia Gandhi speak about it?”

He said that his partymen who are aware of his contributions should have told the people about it. Unfortunately, these leaders are now in other parties, he observed.

Gowda said that he does not know anything about politics of conspiracy and charged the Congress with luring his partymen by projecting him as favouring only his sons.

“They said I prevented Siddaramaiah from becoming the chief minister, but it was actually the Congress which refused to make him one,” he said.

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