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Gowda sees son, backs his putsch

JD(S) CHIEF H.D. Deve Gowda and his defiant son H.D. Kumaraswamy have agreed to disagree about the latter?s new political arrangement with the BJP.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2006 14:04 IST

JD(S) CHIEF H.D. Deve Gowda and his defiant son H.D. Kumaraswamy have agreed to disagree about the latter’s new political arrangement with the BJP.

On Monday, the two met for the first time since Kumaraswamy’s uprising against the Congress-led coalition. Gowda tried to convince Kumaraswamy about the potential trouble from an unusual combine — BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar and Maharashtra Governor S.M. Krishna.

While Kumar has repeatedly scuttled the plans of BJP state unit leaders B.S. Yediyurappa and Jagadish Shettar, Krishna has been targeted several times by Gowda since the coalition headed by Dharam Singh assumed office in May 2004.

Krishna has been charged with mustering support within the Congress for an alliance with the AIPJD — led by Gowda’s bete noire Siddharamaiah — for zilla panchayat polls.

Speaking to newsmen, Kumaraswamy said, “My stand remains the same.” For his part, Gowda did not commit himself on getting his rebel son to give up his group’s tie-up with the BJP to form an alternate government.

“I believe what my son has done is to save the party,” said Gowda. “Otherwise, they (Congress) would have split the JD(S).”
Gowda said he was willing to meet Sonia Gandhi and discuss the future course of action if she called a meeting.

In Hyderabad, Congress sources said the writing was on the wall for the Dharam Singh government.

First Published: Jan 24, 2006 14:04 IST