H D Deve Gowda: Is it Indira, Sonia or Siddu Congress?

Bengaluru: Congress president, Rahul Gandhi appears to have got the Janata Dal (Secular) all riled up by his recent comments against it. A clearly angry JD(S) supremo, H D Deve Gowda asked with sarcasm on Monday  whether the Congress party in Karnataka was the Indira , Sonia or Siddaramaiah Congress.

Objecting to Mr Gandhi calling the JD(S) the Janata Dal (Sangh Parivar) and the 'B' team of the BJP, he said former Congress president, Sonia Gandhi might listen to her son, but he did not have to listen to him. 

" Don't be a loose canon..watch your words. There is a limit to my patience and I cannot tolerate loose talk," he warned the Congress president, adding that he did not  need to take orders either from Mr Rahul Gandhi or from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

Maintaining that Mr  Gandhi was still a young leader and had a long way to go in Indian politics , he said, once again addressing him, "Are you clean…tell me whether I was ever involved in corruption when I was Prime Minister. You must first know whom you are talking to. Siddaramaiah is a bundle of corruption".

Commenting on Energy Minister, D K Shivakumar's statement that it was he who had  brought Mr Siddaramaiah to the Congress, Mr Gowda wanted to know whether the party had been cleansed by his induction. "The Congress leaders talk as if they are clean and I am dirty. Let Mr Rahul send me a soap to bathe with," he quipped angrily, going on to declare that the Congress may have been successful in getting seven JD(S) legislators into its fold, but no one could defeat his party in Karnataka.

"We will fight   the coming Assembly elections on our own steam. We would prefer to sit in the opposition than have any post-poll alliance with other parties," stressed the former prime minister.

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