JD- S not fam­ily en­ter­prise, says Deve Gowda

The Asian Age - - Nation -

Bengaluru: Faced with crit­i­cism of re­duc­ing JD( S) to a fam­ily en­ter­prise, for­mer Prime Min­is­ter and JD( S) supremo H. D. Deve Gowda on Sun­day as­serted the no­tion was wrong as the party helped many grow, in­clud­ing ex- chief min­is­ter and Con­gress strong­man Sid­dara­ma­iah. Blow­ing a bu­gle for the up­com­ing Lok Sabha elec­tion from his con­stituency and JD( S) strong­hold of Hassan dis­trict, the 86- year- old Gowda said, “Our crit­ics of­ten say JD( S) is the po­lit­i­cal party of Deve Gowda’s fam­ily. Have a look at these facts as well,” the JD( S) supremo said. “We have made A. H. Vish­wanath state pres­i­dent. Prior to that, I went to Kr­ish­nappa’s house ( ask­ing him) to join our party and ob­served fast for it. It ( JD- S) is not Deve Gowda fam­ily. Didn’t we give prom­i­nent po­si­tions to Mr Sid­dara­ma­iah, C. M. Ibrahim, Mer­a­jud­din Pa­tel?”

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