"There is no hesitation on our part to say that we will
fight against Congress and BJP building a bi-polar system in
the country," JDS president H D Deve Gowda said.
Both the two national parties "use" regional parties and
later "discard" them, the former prime minister said.
"There is a need for consolidation of left democratic
forces. Secular forces are certainly trying to consolidate and
move forward," Gowda, who is in Kerala to attend JDS state
convention at Kottayam, told reporters here.
On the possibility of a third front, Gowda said he had
discussed the issue with the left parties earlier and "had
come to a conclusion that there was need to consolidate the
secular forces in the country".
"Since my days (as Prime Minister) in New Delhi, I have
been seeing the evil design of both the Congress and BJP to
build bipolar or two party system in the country," he said.
On the formation of Socialist Janatha (Democratic) party
by former party colleague M P Veerendra Kumar, he said, "I do
not want to comment on that. When he himself has taken the
decision to go with the United Democratic Front...He is one of
the elderly leaders...I wish him good."
He refused to comment on the circumstances leading to the
parting of ways by Veerendra Kumar and what made him take the
take decision to go with Congress-led UDF in Kerala.
On the mining scam in Karnataka, Gowda said, "Everybody
knows what is happening in Karnataka...On August 17, the scam
will figure in Parliament...The lokayukta's second report on
the scam was expected shortly."
On whether the BJP government in Karnataka was at fault
on the issue, Gowda said the Chief Minister had himself
admitted in the Legislative council that over one crore tonnes
of mining materials had been transported to various countries
in the last two years.
On PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani, an accused in the
Bangalore serial blasts case, and the Karnataka Police coming
to Kerala to arrest him, Gowda said he did not want to come to
However, the minorities have been victimised on several
occasions in Karnataka which is under BJP rule, he alleged.
This is not specifically on the Madani issue.
Individually, the government has fabricated cases against
minorities, he said, adding, "Minorities are under threat in
Kochi: Seeking consolidation of Left
Democratic forces, the Janata Dal (Secular) Wednesday said it
would fight against what it called the "evil design" of the
Congress and BJP to create a bi-polar or two-party system in
First Published: Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 16:02