Janata Dal (Secular) chief HD Deve Gowda on Wednesday broke down and said he was pained by allegations of dynasty politics against him. The former prime minister's emotional response was to growing criticism of his family's alleged nepotism with JD(S) fielding both his grandsons Nikil Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna from party bastions of Mandya and Hassan respectively for the Lok Sabha polls.
"...so many allegations, from morning in the media (they talk about) Deve Gowda, Revanna, Kumaraswamy and their sons," Mr Gowda said as he broke down at an event in Hassan to launch the poll campaign of Prajwal Revanna.
Prajwal, son of Gowda's elder son and PWD Minister HD Revanna, is Congress-JDS coalition's candidate from Hassan. Seeing Mr Gowda wiping tears and speaking in a heavy voice, JD(S) supporters gathered at the event requested him to calm down. The event also witnessed both Prajwal and his father HD Revanna too getting emotional.
BJP has hit out at Deve Gowda, calling the episode a "drama". BJP said: "First Drama for the 2019 elections begins now," as it tweeted videos of Mr Gowda and family getting emotional at the Hassan event.
"If "CRYING" was an art Sri. @H_D_Devegowda & his family would hold the record for mastering the "Art Of Crying" to constantly fool people for decades. Matter of the fact is Before elections Deve Gowda & his family cries. After elections people who vote this family cries", the BJP karnataka tweet read.
(With inputs from PTI)