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Deve Gowda justifies Kumaraswamy

Gowda said, "I believe what my son has done is to save party. Otherwise, Congress would have split my party."

india Updated: Jan 23, 2006 22:02 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Former Prime Minister and JDS supremo HD Deve Gowda on Monday met his son and JDS rebel leader HD Kumaraswamy in the wake of the ongoing political crisis in Karnataka.

Gowda virtually justified the action of his son Kumaraswamy who has brought the Congress-JDS coalition government in Karnataka to the brink of collapse, saying it was to save the party.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Kumaraswamy, Gowda said, "I believe what my son has done is to save the party. It is 100 per cent to save the party. Otherwise, the Congress would have split my party."

Gowda also accused the Congress leaders of humiliating his partymen. "I have suffered humiliation in the last 18 months."

Kumaraswamy has told him that he would discuss with MLAs currently staying at Goa before taking any decision, he said.

Gowda said he has not received any formal invitation from Sonia Gandhi and he would meet her whenever he gets the offer.

"I will tell everything to all and take a decision later," Gowda said.

First Published: Jan 23, 2006 14:10 IST