DVS hits back at Ashoka on 'outsider' remark

DVS hits back at Ashoka  on 'outsider' remark

Senior BJP leader D V Sadananada Gowda on Tuesday hit back at former deputy chief minister R Ashoka for his “outsider” comment, saying, as  a former chief minister, he was eligible to contest from anywhere in the State.

“I must say that the person who called me an outsider was only a deputy chief minister, while I was the chief minister. So, a former chief minister automatically trumps a former deputy chief minister,” Gowda told reporters.

Ashoka, who has been trying to get the party ticket to contest from Bangalore North constituency, had taken exception to Gowda’s effort to contest from the same constituency and said that Gowda was an “outsider” and had opposed his candidature.
Without taking Ashoka’s name, Gowda said, “I have a better political background than the person in question.” Gowda also criticised the Siddaramaiah government for its “failure to maintain law and order” in the State.

Modi rally

Gowda said the BJP would organise mega rallies of its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Karnataka by mid-February. The State unit has suggested Udupi, Davangere, Bidar or Gulbarga and Hubli for the conventions. The dates will be finalised once Modi confirms the venues, he added.

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