‘Common enemy is BJP’: HD Deve Gowda and Siddaramaiah bury the hatchet before bye-polls

In a joint press conference, the two former political rivals looked to show a united front for the new coalition to party workers.
‘Common enemy is BJP’: HD Deve Gowda and Siddaramaiah bury the hatchet before bye-polls
‘Common enemy is BJP’: HD Deve Gowda and Siddaramaiah bury the hatchet before bye-polls
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To reaffirm the Congress-JD(S) alliance against the BJP in Karnataka, top leaders of the two parties, including JD(S) patriarch HD Deve Gowda and ex-CM Siddaramaiah held a joint press conference ahead of the November 3 bye-polls. The dais included CM HD Kumaraswamy, Water Resources Minister DK Shivakumar, Deputy CM G Parameshwara and KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao.

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said, “The joint presser is more to do with cementing the renewed friendship of Siddaramaiah and HD Deve Gowda more than our coalition. They may have two different bodies, but their heart is one.” According to political observers, the press conference was mainly targeted towards the grassroot workers of both the former rival parties, who are yet to come to terms with the coalition.

Despite the two parties announcing that they will contest in the Lok Sabha polls as partners, the bad blood between Deve Gowda and Siddaramaiah is well known, with Siddaramaiah being ousted from the JD(S) in 2005 and calling it a ‘father and son’ party.

 At the outset, Deve Gowda told reporters, “After 12 years, Siddaramaiah and I are sharing the same dais for the success of the coalition government and the upcoming five by-elections. We have forgotten our past differences and are working together for a joint success. We will go and ask the people for forgiveness for our differences having come as a deterrent:”

He added, “I urge the party workers and local leaders to forget the past difference with Congress and come together for the cause of the national issues at stake. Our common political enemy is BJP. We have no personal grudges with BS Yeddyurappa or any other BJP leader. But ideologically our enemy is BJP.”

Siddaramaiah returned the compliment, saying, “HD Deve Gowda is a former prime minister and knows the current political scenario in the country and is taking the lead in stopping communal forces in the country. It is not correct to say that Congress and JD(S) party workers will not work together. It is true that we fought individually but due to unavoidable circumstances we have to work together.”

He added, “If required both Congress and JD(S) will campaign together for the upcoming by-polls.”


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