H D Deve Gowda has downplayed the praise showered on him by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The former PM and supremo of the JD(S) said that just because Modi had praised him that does not mean that there would be an alliance between the BJP and JD(S) in Karnataka.
Gowda said that the PM's praise stems from the fact that he is an ex-PM and there is nothing more to that. He also said that a Kannadiga had become the PM of the country and Siddaramaiah tried to demolish Kannada pride. This is how Congress gives respect to Kannada pride, he also said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had some kind words for Deve Gowda during one of his rallies he addressed in Karnataka on Tuesday. He criticised Rahul Gandhi for taking on Deve Gowda and said that even though he is a novice, he criticises a veteran like Gowda.
The generous praise on Gowda is being seen as analysts as an attempt by the BJP to keep the JD(S) happy in the eventuality of a hung verdict in Karnataka.
H D Kumaraswamy had earlier said that the mistake of the past will not be repeated. "Would I be working so hard in the heat of north Karnataka, if i was in an alliance with the BJ?. North Karnataka is considered to be a strong region for the BJP. Kumaraswamy also adds that he has made several promises to the voter and those cannot be fulfilled if his party enters into an alliance. If we cannot form the government we will either sit in opposition or face a fresh election", he also says.
|Karnataka Assembly Election dates|
|Date of notification||April 17|
|Last date to file nominations||April 24|
|Last date to withdraw nominations||April 27|
|Date of polling||May 12|
|Date of counting||May 15|