Will sit by Rahul Gandhi’s side if he becomes Prime Minister: HD Deve Gowda

Bengaluru: Former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, who is contesting the national election after declaring he wouldn’t, says he has no plans to retire but doesn’t need to be prime minister either. “I will sit by Rahul Gandhi’s side if he becomes Prime Minister,” he said on Thursday.

Deve Gowda, 85, is contesting as the Janata Dal Secular (JDS) candidate from Karnataka’s Tumkur parliamentary constituency, where his BJP rival is GS Basavaraj.

“I announced three years back that I will not contest elections. There are circumstances now in which I have been forced to contest. There is nothing to hide. I have no ambition of anything but what I always said is that I am not going to retire from active politics,” the JDS chief told news agency ANI.

On his son and Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy saying he could be Prime Minister again as a consensus candidate, he said: “I am not bothered about this. My concern is (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi will come to Parliament. I have got the guts and conviction to tell it to the face of the PM. I have the courage. If Rahul Gandhi becomes the Prime Minister, I will sit by his side. It is not necessary to become the Prime Minister.”

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