Bengaluru: The former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, who is keen on strengthening Janata Parivar in the nation, has said that he would retire from politics by next parliamentary elections.
“I am 87 and will retire from politics by next Parliament election,” the veteran leader said in an interview.
He also said that his family neither fought for personal gain nor did it come in the way of leaders taking up issues.
Mr Gowda describes the yet-to-be officially formed political entity Janata Parivar as “Third Force”, an alternative to the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Asked about his role in the new political dispensation at the national level, he said that he was not bothered about his position, as his dream of creating an alternative to the Congress and the BJP at the national level is finally realized.
“I have made it clear to the leadership that the power to take decisions concerning Karnataka and Kerala units remains with me, just as Mulayam Singh Yadav, Nitish Kumar or Lalu Prasad Yadav enjoy the powers in their respective States,” he said.