Recalling the incident, Gowda mentioned he had challenged Modi in 2014 Lok Sabha elections that if the BJP got here to energy by itself by profitable 276 seats then he would resign from Lok Sabha.
“I had informed him that in case you win 276 seats then I’ll resign. You possibly can rule by forging an alliance with others however in case you win 276 seats by yourself then I’ll resign (from Lok Sabha),” Gowda mentioned in a press convention.
He additionally mentioned that the BJP got here to energy by itself following which he felt the urge to fulfil the promise he had made.
The JD(S) patriarch recalled that after the victory, Modi had personally invited him to attend the swearing-in ceremony. After all of the celebrations have been over, he sought an appointment with Modi, for which he agreed.
When his automobile reached the portico of the Parliament, Prime Minister Modi himself got here there to obtain him.
“I’ve had knee ache since then, which remains to be persevering with. No matter form of particular person he’s, that day when my automobile got here to the portico, Modi himself got here, held me by my hand and took me inside. This was for an individual who had opposed him (Modi) a lot,” Gowda mentioned.
Gowda mentioned he expressed his want to resign from the Lok Sabha.
“I informed him that I stand by my phrases. Please settle for my resignation. He informed me why I used to be taking issues spoken throughout election so significantly. He additionally mentioned that he would require to debate issues with me at any time when state of affairs arises,” Gowda recalled.
After the incident, Gowda met Modi six to seven occasions as his respect for him elevated.
The previous Prime Minister mentioned he had opposed Modi after the Godhra incident and his speeches made in Parliament throughout the interval stand testimony to his declare.
Nonetheless, his assembly with Modi after the latter turned prime minister modified his notion.
“I realised to see the change in his character — from what he was as a Gujarat Chief Minister to what he’s after turning into the Prime Minister,” Gowda mentioned.
The JD(S) supremo additionally mentioned Modi instantly agreed to fulfill him at any time when he wished to see him.