Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday appealed to Telugu- speaking people in Karnataka to vote for the Janata Dal (Secular) in the Assembly elections on May 12.
Mr Gowda’s son, the former Chief Minister of Karnataka, H.D. Kumaraswamy, was also present.
The CM sought Mr Gowda’s support for setting up a Federal Front at national level. Mr Rao welcomed all political parties to join the new Front, which is not a pol-itical front, but a peop-le’s front, a common man’s front, a farmer's front and women’s front, he said. The new front will place its “big agenda” before the nation.
“Let it be CPI, CPM, TD or any other party. They can join our movement for the cause of common people, farmers, youth, women etc. We are not planning a regular or routine front with alignment of two or three parties. We want alignment of people of India. We have a big agenda, which we will soon place before the nation. Anyone who wants to support this ag-enda can join us. We have room for everyone who supports our cause and agenda,” Mr Rao said when speaking to the media along with Mr Gowda at the latter’s residence.
Explaining his reasons for supporting the JD (S), Mr Rao said, “During the Telangana statehood agitation days, Deve Gowdaji extended support to us. He participated in public meetings conducted by TRS then. I will always remain thankful to him for this and I want to extend support to him in the coming Assembly elections.”
In the past, JD(S) has also made itself accessible to both the BJP and the Congress....