Former Prime Minister and JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda. (File Photo/PTI)
Addressing an introspection meeting of the JD(S) here after the results of the Karnataka assembly elections, he said it was not anybody’s personal programme, it was the country’s programme.
JD(S) supremo and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda on Thursday said he will attend the inauguration of the new Parliament building in New Delhi on May 28, asserting that it is the nation’s property and built with taxpayers’ money. The JD(S) patriarch questioned whether it was the office of the BJP and the RSS to boycott the inauguration. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to inaugurate this building on Sunday.
“I am attending the inauguration of the new Parliament building. This is the property of the country. This is not anyone’s personal matter.
“That magnificent building was built with the tax money of the people of the country. It belongs to the country. This is not the office of BJP or RSS. inauguration ceremony, mainly objecting to Modi doing the honor instead of President Draupadi Murmu.
Asserting that he had many reasons to oppose the BJP politically, Gowda said, “I do not want to do politics in the matter of opening the Parliament House,” according to an official release. “I have been elected to both houses of Parliament. I have served there within the constitutional framework, and I am still a member (of the Rajya Sabha).” “I have worked to protect the values of the Constitution. So, I cannot bring politics in the matter of the Constitution.”
Noting that several parties have boycotted the inauguration of the Parliament House and many have asked him whether he will attend it or not, being a former PM, Gowda said, “I want to tell them that I stand by the Constitution.” Committed to and will go to inaugurate the Parliament House.”
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