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Deve Gowda is contesting from Karnataka`s Tumkur parliamentary constituency against GS Basvaraj of BJP
Former prime minister and JD(S) leader HD Deve Gowda on Thursday said that unlike BJP veteran LK Advani, he is not going to retire from active politics.
If Rahul Gandhi becomes the Prime Minister of the country, he will be by his side, he was quoted as saying.
"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," Gowda was quoted as saying on his decision to contest the Lok Sabha polls.
Deve Gowda is contesting from Karnataka`s Tumkur parliamentary constituency against GS Basvaraj of BJP.
When asked if he wants to retire like Advani, he replied with an emphatic `no`, adding, "I want to save my party and the office building."
Commenting on his commitment towards the Congress, he said: "Madam Sonia Gandhi has taken the decision to support Deve Gowda even though we are a small party. Now it is my responsibility to move forward with Congress, though I do agree in some states there is no question of any coalition. But in Tamil Nadu, there is a coalition between Congress and DMK and with Sharad Pawar`s party in Maharashtra."
Responding to accusations of saving the family rather than the party, the JD(S) chief said: "Several leaders who worked with me collectively, have left. Some people are in Congress, some in BJP. I was able to keep the party intact but suffered. I have not allowed my family members to become president of the party."