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‘My Son Was Never Peaceful as Karnataka CM, he Cried’: JD(S) Chief Deve Gowda

Former Prime Minister and Karnataka Chief Minister Deve Gowda told party workers that his son HD Kumaraswamy was never at peace while he served as the chief minister.

Updated: July 28, 2019 10:38 AM IST

By News Desk | Edited by Ashna Kumar

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JD(S) Supremo H. D. Deve Gowda and Karnataka JD(S) president H. D. Kumaraswamy during a programme organised to flag off "Karnataka Vikasa Yatra" ahead of Karnataka Assembly polls.

New Delhi: Speaking on the fall of Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government in Karnataka, JD(S) patriarch Deve Gowda told party workers that his son and former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy was never at peace while he served.

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“I have no issues with the JD(S)-Congress government losing power. My son was never peaceful as the CM and I know he had cried for 15 minutes sitting in JP Bhavan,” the former Prime Minister told party workers.

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The Gowda family are known to be one of those ’emotional ones’ with both father and son often breaking down on dias during public events.

Kumaraswamy, whose government fell earlier this week, had recently compared himself to mythological figure ‘Vishakanta’- for he swallowed all pains inflicted by the alliance in the state.

Meanwhile, Karnataka’s new Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is set to hold a floor test to prove his majority in the state Assembly on Monday (July 29).

“At the cabinet meeting held soon after I took oath as Chief Minister, I decided to go for floor test in the Assembly on Monday at 10 a.m., to prove majority,” the 75-year-old Yediyurappa said at a press conference in the state secretariat.

The BJP has 105 members in the 225-member Assembly, whose strength is currently 222 after Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar on Thursday disqualified three Congress rebels for defying the whip issued for their presence in the House on July 23 when then Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy put the confidence motion he moved on July 18 to vote but lost.

One Independent is also supporting the BJP.

With all the remaining 13 rebels deciding to abstain from the Assembly till the trust vote is conducted, the Speaker’s decision on their resignations by Monday will make no difference for the trial of strength by Yediyurappa.

With IANS inputs

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Published Date: July 28, 2019 10:33 AM IST

Updated Date: July 28, 2019 10:38 AM IST