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A grand alliance govt can work, contends Gowda citing his

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Former H D on Thursday rejected claims of BJP leaders that a "grand alliance government" will create chaos and said the multi-party dispensation led by him had proved it can work well.

Speaking in during a debate on motion of thanks to President's address, the 85-year-old JD(S) leader, who was visibly emotional, said he spent 57 years in public life in state as well at the national level and this was his last speech.

Recalling his days as the prime minister, Gowda, who led a coalition government for ten months between 1996-97, said he was not keen to occupy the since the issues involved in running a multi-party dispensation.

He said his name came only after the then V P Singh and and the then West Bengal Chief Minister declined to accept the post.

Listing out measures undertaken by his government in several areas, Gowda said after the declined to extend assistance for not following the norms, he decided to use the black money in the country for funding the programmes.

In this regard, Gowda said he proposed a Voluntary Disclosure Scheme which was rejected by the then minister P Chidambaram.

"Don't unnecessarily talk against grand alliance. Vajpayee started with coalition. Coalition governments can work if there is an understanding. No one should air their differences outside," he said.

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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 19:10 IST