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H D Deve Gowda & Co leave for Tirupati

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SHYAM SUNDAR VATTAM
Published May 18, 2019, 3:39 am IST
Updated May 18, 2019, 3:39 am IST
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H D Deve Gowda
 H D Deve Gowda

Bengaluru: The Janata Dal (S) has reportedly decided to put a lid on its recent war of words with the Congress as any further response from it could lead to only more infighting in the coalition government.

Instead, with the parliamentary poll results nearing, party supremo, H D Deve Gowda left with 23 of his supporters for Tirupati on two special flights on Friday, according to sources. Earlier in the day, Mr Gowda met party state president, A H Vishwanath in a hotel, but the subject of their discussion remained unclear.

 

While coordination committee chairman, Siddaramaiah's jibe that anyone could become Chief Minister of the state at some point, including present Chief Minister, H D Kumaraswamy's brother, H D Revanna, has riled the JD(S), it is aware that as long as Mr Gowda heads the party, the status quo will prevail and sees no point in hitting back at him.

Moreover, according to sources, the Gowda camp is unwilling to rock the boat too much at this point when there is a chance of the " Mahaghatbhandan" of opposition parties coming to power at the Centre with him playing a major role in it.

As for Mr Siddaramaiah , it is believed he was only trying to show that he too could question  Mr  Kumaraswamy's leadership, if he  tried to meddle in Congress affairs. The JD(S) also reportedly feels that the former Chief Minister is positioning himself to be  ahead of other Congress leaders like  R V Deshpande,  D K Shivakumar, and M B Patil, and show the party high command that that he is indispensable to it.

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