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‘There will be some regrouping after elections’

He’s made it clear ‘he’ is not in the running for Prime Minister and the decision on who will be the Third Front’s PM candidate will be a post-poll one. With speculation rife on the prospects of the Front, former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) president HD Deve Gowda spoke in an exclusive interview to Nandini R Iyer.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2009 11:08 IST
Nandini R Iyer
Nandini R Iyer
Hindustan Times

What formula will the Third Front use to determine who your PM will be (in the event that you are able to form the government)?

It won’t be based only on numbers but also consensus. The consensus issue will only crop up when no front (like the Third Front, the UPA or the NDA) gets a working majority. There will also be some regrouping after the polls.

Since you’re not in the running for PM, which of the Third Front allies would you back for PM?

As things stand, we are confident that some more friends may join us. I’m getting calls every day from people in different states and so are the other allies. This will be clear by the first week of April. And I’ll be able to answer this only when I have that final picture (smiles).”

What are your priorities?

The verdict of the people of Karnataka is the main issue, which will decide what Deve Gowda says or does. My main concern is to revive the JD(S) for the 2012 Karnataka assembly elections to come to power on its own.”

What is the common manifesto of the Third Front allies? Will you bring out a common manifesto?

It’s immaterial whether we bring out individual manifestos or a common one. The common goal should be, must be, to find a solution to rescue the country from the adverse effects of the so-called economic reforms of the NDA and the UPA. Solutions must be found to deal with poverty, the rural-urban divide, malnutrition…the people are suffering…ultimately the person who will be PM will be someone who has the same goals.

First Published: Mar 16, 2009 01:59 IST