Looks like JD(S) has changed its name to Janata Dal Sangh Parivar this election: Rahul Gandhi
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Looks like JD(S) has changed its name to Janata Dal Sangh Parivar this election: Rahul Gandhi

At a rally in Devanahalli, Congress president Rahul Gandhi asked whether JD(S) was truly secular.

Karnataka Elections 2018 Updated: May 07, 2018 23:14 IST
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Congress President Rahul Gandhi said JD(S) had to make clear if it was secular or was supporting the BJP.(PTI File Photo)

Congress President Rahul Gandhi once again took a dig at JD(S) today by calling it “Janata Dal Sangh Parivar” and asked its leaders to make it clear where they stand in this election, which he termed as a battle of ideologies.

“One side is BJP,other side Congress party and in between is Janata Dal (Secular). The question is in this battle of ideologies, where does the Janata Dal stand?” he asked.

Addressing a rally at Devanahalli, he said “In their (JDS) name there is S that stands for Secular. But in this election it looks like Janata Dal has changed its name and Janata Dal(S) means Janata Dal Sangh Parivar.”

Earlier too the Congress President, currently on the ninth phase of his poll campaign in Karnataka, where election is scheduled on May 12, had called JD(S) as Janata Dal Sangh Parivar and the ‘B team’ of BJP.

Gandhi asked “Are they truly secular, or in this election are they supporting BJP, Yeddyurappa, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah? They have to make it clear.”

“Janata Dal leaders have to tell whether they are on this side or that side, because this is not any other election; this election is about Karnataka’s future. This is the election to save Basavanna’s thinking.”

Recalling 12th century social reformer Basavanna’s saying “Nudidante Nade” (practice as you preach), Gandhi said “I’m asking JD(S) the same question, what is in your heart? Speak it out.”

Recently after heaping praise on former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi too had attacked his party.

He had claimed that Congress and JD(S) had entered into a “secret” pact for the Karnataka Assembly polls and the party was “protecting” the Congress.

First Published: May 07, 2018 22:12 IST