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K'taka crisis: Gowda backs Kumaraswamy
January 23, 2006 17:05 IST
Last Updated: January 23, 2006 17:50 IST
Former prime minister and Janata Dal-Secular supremo H D Deve Gowda met his son and JD-S rebel leader H D Kumaraswamy on Monday in the wake of the ongoing political crisis in Karnataka.
Deve Gowda virtually justified the action of his son Kumaraswamy who has brought the Congress-JD-S coalition government in Karnataka to the brink of collapse, saying it was to save the party.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Gowda said, "I believe what my son has done is to save the party. It is 100 per cent to save the party. Otherwise, they (Congress) would have split my party."
Gowda also accused the Congress leaders of humiliating his partymen.
"I have suffered humiliation in the last 18 months," he said.
Kumaraswamy has told Gowda that he would discuss with legislators, currently staying in Goa, before taking any decision, he said.
Gowda said he has not received any formal invitation from Congress president Sonia Gandhi and he would meet her whenever he gets the offer.
"I will tell everything to all and take a decision later," Gowda said.
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