New Delhi: In an emotional bid to voters, Janata Dal (Secular) founder HD Deve Gowda on Wednesday wept on stage while announcing that his grandson Prajwal Revanna will be the JD(S) candidate from his constituency- Hassan in the upcoming elections.

Addressing a rally, Gowda said, “With your blessings and blessings of Channakeshava God, I have chosen Prajwal Revanna for Hassan constituency”.

Batting criticism over dynasty politics, Gowda further said, “I have given priority to all. We made Lingayat leader MLC in Sakleshpur. But allegation is that I am only providing seats to my sons and grandsons… I will work till my body has strength… Will not waste time.”

Within minutes of the video that shows the former Prime Minister welling up during an address, going viral, the BJP in opposition termed it as ‘first drama of 2019’.

The BJP Karnataka Twitter handle also tweeted, “If crying was an art, HD Deve Gowda and his family would hold the record for mastering the ‘Art of Crying’ to constantly fool people for decades. Matter of the fact is before elections Deve Gowda and his family cries and after elections people who vote for this family cry.”

Hassan and Mandya are considered JD(S) strongholds, and the party leadership’s plan to field grandsons of HD Deve Gowda- Prajwal Revanna and Nikhil Kumaraswamy from there is believed to have caused some dissatisfaction in party ranks.

Reacting to a recent social media campaign against his other grandson Nikhil Kumaraswamy, Deve Gowda said, “It was the decision of JD(S) leaders to field Nikhil from Mandya. I had not announced. I’m deeply pained, they are saying Nikhil Go Back…” he was quoted by news agency PTI.

“…I will go to Mandya… let them shout go back…for whom I fought in last 60 years, I will place everything before the people of Mandya,” he added.

The JD(S)-Congress have recently announced their seat-sharing formula for the Lok Sabha elections. The Congress will contest 20 seats and JDS eight in the Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka under a deal finalised by the two ruling coalition partners on Wednesday, the JDS said. The seat sharing was hammered out at a meeting between Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) secretary general Danish Ali at Kochi in Kerala this evening, party sources said.