'My biggest asset is patience'
Just before he set off for his constituency Ramanagaram, before heading for the Assembly to take oath as CM, his father HD Deve Gowda blessed him.india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 12:30 IST
You've seen 15 days of political development, emotional pull from your family and pressure from party…
I never expected all this would happen. But my biggest asset is my patience. It has helped me overcome this upheaval.
How do you feel about being CM at such a young age?
I never thought I’d get this responsibility so soon. I wanted to build the JD(S) for another 10 years. But circumstances forced me to take this route. The decision was spurred by the humiliation of my father by the Congress and Siddaramaiah’s vow to destroy our party.
Your father is concerned about your lack of experience and says you are drifting away from secularism…
Inexperience isn't the criteria. When Rajiv Gandhi entered politics, he was a rookie. But he achieved the title of Mr Clean in his first term. When you’re inexperienced, you are wary. I’m confident of providing good governance. My father maintained his secular ideology all his life. As PM, when the Congress withdrew support, the BJP wanted to back him but he rejected their offer. That’s why he is angry with our decision.
Was this an attempt to get even with the Congress for withdrawing support to Gowda in 1997?
No. My father’s secular sentiments prompted him to form a government with the Congress (in Karnataka). But they humiliated him and the party. These prompted him to withdraw support.
Are you confident of passing the trial of strength and providing a stable government?
I have the numbers. After the trust vote, we will give good governance. I don’t promise heaven but we’ll rise to the occasion. Moreover, this will not be a short-term alliance with the BJP.
How will tackle BJP's Hindutva agenda?
I'm confident they won't raise the issue in the future.