Why Should Men Alone Become PM? Why Not Mamata Or Mayawati, Says HD Deve Gowda

| August 6 , 2018 , 10:21 IST

As Opposition leaders prepare to form a united front to take on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, former prime minister and JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda said on Sunday that the prime ministerial candidate can be a woman as well.

Although initially Congress president Rahul Gandhi was projected as the Opposition's face for the prime minister in 2019, later the Congress opened up to possibilities of other candidates as well, based on consensus as the focus is to defeat the BJP.

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Gowda, father of Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, in an interview with PTI, pointed out that Indira Gandhi ruled as a prime minister, and other women, such as TMC head and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee or BSP chief Mayawati should also be considered.

“Most welcome if Mamata is projected as PM. Indira Gandhi ruled as prime minister for 17 years. Why should we (men) alone become PM? Why not Mamata or Mayawati?” Gowda said.

The statements from Gowda come as the Congress and other Opposition parties are considering to drop the selection of a prime ministerial candidate ahead of the elections as they feel it may hamper Opposition unity.

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Despite not making efforts to unify regional parties so far, the JD(S) chief indicated that the party would be open to cooperating with other parties to fight the BJP.

“It is because there is a sense of fear in the country. There is a suffocating atmosphere for minorities in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Gujarat. A formidable front is necessary to take on the BJP in 2019,” Gowda noted.

Earlier in July, BSP national co-ordinators Vir Singh and Jai Prakash Singh, while addressing the first workers' conference to discuss the party's strategy for the Lok Sabha elections said it was “high time that Mayawati became the prime minister of the country”, and that she was the only one who could take on PM Modi.

TMC's Mamata Banerjee dismissed talks of becoming the prime ministerial candidate as premature, and called for focussing on defeating the BJP first.