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Can't discount AAP's importance: Deve Gowda

Says the Aam Aadmi Party has come up with young leaders who want to fight corruption in the Parliament; their voice will be there

Press Trust of India  |  Bangalore 

Former Prime Minister and JD-S supremo H D Deve Gowda today said that he does not discount the importance of Aam Aadmi Party in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. “I’m not going to rule out the importance of the Aam Aadmi Party; whether they are going to win 10 seats, five seats, 20 seats,” Gowda told reporters here in response to a question on CPM leader Sitaram Yechury’s comment regarding the AAP joining the third front.

He said: “The Aam Aadmi Party has come up with young leaders who want to fight corruption in the Parliament; their voice will be there.” Stating that no government can suppress the voice of those fighting corruption, he said, “Corruption is a major issue. Even if you take a unanimous decision to throw them out of the house — the people outside, especially the youngsters will come together to fight it out.”

Yechury had on Wednesday said it was up to the AAP to decide whether it would join the Left and other secular forces, but it could be decided only after the elections. Speaking about the BJP and Congress, Gowda said: “As far as Karnataka is concerned, BJP leaders have come to the conclusion that only Narendra Modi’s charm will bring them about 23 seats; on the other hand, the Chief Minister is also claiming he will not allow even a single seat to be won by the JD-S.”

“People of this country, including the state of Karnataka are watching all these,” he added.

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First Published: Fri, March 28 2014. 20:30 IST