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Lok Sabha election: Deve Gowda defends ‘family politics’, says voters wanted JD(S) to field his grandsons from Mandya, Hassan seats

Bengaluru: Faced with criticism for turning the JD(S) into a family enterprise, party supremo and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda on Thursday said people and party workers wanted his grandsons Nikhil Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna to contest from Mandya and Hassan Lok Sabha constituencies.

 Lok Sabha election: Deve Gowda defends ‘family politics’, says voters wanted JD(S) to field his grandsons from Mandya, Hassan seats

File image of JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda. News18

Speaking to reporters after casting his vote in Hassan, Gowda said his opponents accused him of indulging in family politics but his rise in politics was possible because of “God and voters”, whom his family had served to the best of their ability.

"People describe this as family politics. We are the children of farmers. We believe in God. My father was an ordinary farmer. By the grace of God, we grew in stages in politics.

"It (growth) is not in anyone's hand. Voters have strengthened us. We, whether it is Revanna (PWD minister), myself or (chief minister) Kumaraswamy have served them to the best of our ability," he said.

Justifying the decision to field his grandsons from Mandya and Hassan, Gowda said people were adamant that the two be fielded, which they respected.

"In Mandya Nikhil Kumaraswamy is contesting. All the eight MLAs and three ministers of Mandya were adamant that Nikhil Kumaraswamy should contest from there. This is the truth," he added.

Regarding Prajwal, the JD(S) supremo said, "Prajwal Revanna is anengineering graduate. He is into social work for many years. People and the party workers have recognised his work."

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Updated Date: Apr 18, 2019 16:02:43 IST