Kozhikode, May 8: Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda today claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's image was "diminishing" each day and NDA's failure in the Assembly polls in Delhi and Bihar post his assuming power at the Centre proved that he was "no longer powerful".
"Prime Minister's image is decreasing day by day. NDA's failure in Bihar and Delhi shows he is no longer powerful. The situation for BJP will be pathetic in the five states where assembly elections are being held. To save face, Modi is making visits to Kerala", Gowda said.
The Janata Dal (Secular) leader was speaking at an election meeting at Vadakara, about 45 km from here, seeking support for the opposition LDF candidate C K Nanu. JD(S) is contesting the polls in Kerala as part of LDF. He termed as "misleading", Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's claim that the fight was only between the UDF and BJP and said there is no fight in any constituency discarding LDF.
"Congress and NDA trying to split secular votes", he claimed. Alleging that there was "rampant corruption" during the five-year UDF rule, Gowda said only LDF can put an end to it. Janata Dal (S) national secretary E M Balakrishnan presided over the meeting.