Karnataka election 2018: JD(S) will emerge as single largest party, says Deve Gowda
The former PM said that he would visit Kerala once the election results were announced. Gowda said that he would unwind, and improve his fitness levels, besides undergoing Ayurvedic treatment during his sojourn in the neighbouring state.
Exuding confidence of an impressive performance by the JD(S) in the upcoming elections, Gowda said, “We will emerge as the single largest party in the assembly elections, and will form the government with the support of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and others.”
Gowda said that the feedback for the JD(S) had been positive in all the places where he had campaigned. “After campaigning in Hunsur, where Adagooru H Vishwanath is contesting, I am confident that our party candidate will win. I can say the same for Chamundeshwari and Chamaraja segments, where GT Devegowda and KS Rangappa are contesting respectively,” he added.
‘Bhatkal MLA has threatened our candidate’
Gowda voiced concerns over two Muslim candidates that the JD(S) was fielding allegedly being threatened by Bhatkal MLA Vaidya. “He has threatened our Muslim candidates saying that they will face consequences if they contest the election. The two candidates have spoken to me, and I have, in turn, informed the superintendent of police to initiate action against Vaidya,” Gowda said.
‘Ambareesh and I are good friends’
Queried about chief minister Siddaramaiah’s persistent taunts aimed at the JD(S), Gowda said, “Aane kala hoithu, note kala banthu (It’s no longer the age of promises, but money).”