H D Deve Gowda: Does PM Modi mean Vajpayee and Shastri regimes were corrupt?

Former PM discusses government stand on demonetisation and coordination among Opposition parties with The Indian Express.

Written by Anand Mishra | Updated: December 2, 2016 4:35 am
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As a former prime minister, how do you respond to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s view that demonetisation is a cure to a 70-year-old corruption disease?

You cannot make a sweeping allegation like that. He is the prime minister of the country. Does it mean the rule of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government and that of Lal Bahadur Shastri were corrupt? I too was prime minister for a year. Can he prove one case of corruption in my time? Can anyone say Shastri and Nehru led a corrupt government?

Are you against demonetisation?

No Opposition party is against steps to check black money but you have to look at the distress that has been caused to farmers and the poor due to this decision… To print all the notes, it will take at least six months. It’s a hasty decision taken without understanding the implications.

If no party is against it, why stall Parliament?

After the announcement on November 8, the prime minister should have come to Parliament after the winter session started on November 16; he should have made a suo motu statement the very first day. Why is the prime minister, whose government has a huge majority, giving room for disruption? This kind of confrontation will be damaging to the parliamentary system. Why is the prime minister attacking all parties?

But isn’t the Opposition protest divided?

I totally agree. The Congress being the largest Opposition party could have taken the effort to bring all parties together. Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad in Rajya Sabha and the leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha could have coordinated it.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his party skipped the Opposition’s Aakrosh Divas.

I don’t want to comment on it. I remember he was projected as a probable future PM candidate of the Opposition. Now I don’t know. I do agree that such incidents have happened even in the past. After the Gujarat riots, Chandrababu Naidu was forced to say then prime minister Vajpayee should dislodge the then Modi government in the state. Now the Modi government at the Centre has decided to appoint Naidu as convener of the committee of chief ministers to suggest ways for implementation of the cashless economy plan.

With such fault-lines, do you still see Opposition parties coming together?

The CPM and the Trinamool Congress were so bitter but are now moving forward inside and outside the House. A day will come if things go on like this, there will be no alternative but for all regional parties to come together… A third front may not emerge immediately but when arch-rivals CPM and Trinamool are moving forward, why can other parties not come together?

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First Published on: December 2, 2016 1:42 am
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    Anif
    Dec 1, 2016 at 9:02 pm
    Why are they giving publicity to this guy, he was one of the most Corrupt politician in the country, he must have huge amount of Black money in name of farming.
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      Manoj
      Dec 2, 2016 at 3:22 pm
      The decision wasn't a hasty decision at all. If it would have been consulted with everyone, then what would've been the point in it. Every corrupt person wpuld have already done their jugad. The call call was just timed to perfection.
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        R. P.
        Dec 2, 2016 at 1:05 am
        Prime minister by accident.. He is too old to talk sense.
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          Goyal Anandilal
          Dec 2, 2016 at 2:41 am
          The Government is not going to replenish new notes with the old note deposits.This is as per plan of the Government. It say that otherwise the purpose of demonetisation will not be fulfilled. This is a cash war.
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            Basaviah
            Dec 1, 2016 at 8:45 pm
            Deve ; Please coinue with your eternal sleep. you need not worry about wi thinks. better you sleep as usual
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              Guru
              Dec 1, 2016 at 8:59 pm
              Who is he? Why so important?
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                rameshnk
                Dec 2, 2016 at 4:31 am
                Oh another sleeping leader has woken up just like Mounmohan. You ask people of Karnataka- what the Gowda dynasty's contribution. They will tell what is the worth of this gold man. Those who never did anything on life are nowadats giving out lot of Gyan to newspaers likje IndianExpress/ Onlly IE finds merit in such lousy politicians.
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                  SM NAS
                  Dec 2, 2016 at 6:17 am
                  best way for modiji to answer is through recorded telecast like the previous ones..
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                    Prasanna B
                    Dec 2, 2016 at 5:22 am
                    Feroze hi, husband of Indira hi and son-in-law of Jawaharlal Nehru, was the first MP of Independent India elected from Rae Bareli. During his second term in Parliament, Feroze was quite vociferous and raised corruption issues against the Nehru government sitting in the treasury benches. His strong anti-corruption crusade in the Lok Sabha led to several embarring moments for the then PM. It not only dented the image of Nehru but resulted in his finance minister T T Krishnamachari resigning over the Haridas Mundhra scandal in which the government was accused of favouring stock broker Mundhra by allowing state-owned LIC to invest in his defunct stocks.
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                      Prasanna B
                      Dec 2, 2016 at 5:24 am
                      Source:
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                        Gurcharan Singh
                        Dec 2, 2016 at 1:53 pm
                        If vajpayee was not corrupt how could his son-in law Ranjan Bhattachaya ( adopted daughter's husband ) went to every country Vajpayee visited as PM and reportedly took commissions from every deal. I wish this grapewine is incorrect.
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                          JayHind
                          Dec 1, 2016 at 9:47 pm
                          Dev saab you must know this sayinglt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; Every one is th ief for a the ief
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                            Krishna Shetty
                            Dec 2, 2016 at 3:32 am
                            Mr. Gowda, you should understand that the demonetization does not mean that the earlier PMs were corrupt, but their administration was not effective in curbing the corruption and thus allowing parallel economy with black money. It is true that demonetization caused lot of concerns and created disturbances in the country but if you demonetize after making public announcement that government is pulling out high currency notes, will it be effective? As a former PM, can you be sure it could have been done any other way? With all this surprise on demonetization, How can you explain your state CM's friends have crores in new currency while the poor and middle cl can not even get 4000 rupees even after being in long queue at ATM. How can you explain the children of your state CM's friends buying expensive cars with a price tag of crores and crores after demonetization. Even with the surprise announcement by PM, you can see such irregularities and you are telling that the announcement should have been done with prior notice, what a foolish statement to make, Mr. Gowda! You have become insane.
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                              S Subramaniam
                              Dec 1, 2016 at 10:11 pm
                              Nobody is corrupt. Will all those who claim to be non-corrupt surrender their property - both movable and non-movable if it is more than their known source of income?
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                                Rmitta
                                Dec 1, 2016 at 9:41 pm
                                Not you govt. Your are the role model for the Honesty. When ever people ask the address of honesty they show your house.
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                                  Niladrinath Mohanty
                                  Dec 2, 2016 at 5:45 am
                                  Narendra Modi has not said LalBahadur Sashtri and Atal Bihari Vajpayee regimes were corrupt. Why this devious question? It is a typical politician's way of twisting the context. Can any one say that there was no corruption in the last 70 years since independence. Let us try to eradicate corruption even in small measures. The entire mindset has to be changed . It will take time.
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                                    heena
                                    Dec 1, 2016 at 11:14 pm
                                    There is no truth in telling that there is no corruption during 70 years of rule or even earlier. But the proportionate it had rise from past few years is the very great concern from the common man point of view. Methodology and technical details and its implications are left to the government of the day. Dear Gowdaji do not bring the irrelevant things to the press and please be unbiased like statesman.
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                                      Pinna
                                      Dec 2, 2016 at 4:10 am
                                      Oh, oh, finally, Deve Gowda has woken up!!!!!!
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                                        PURUSHOTTAM
                                        Dec 2, 2016 at 2:27 am
                                        They were too weak like himself and Manmohan singh so their hands were tied. He seems to have forgotten his on past experience. It is but natural when you get old.
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                                          NANDAN
                                          Dec 2, 2016 at 8:06 am
                                          And to think Gowdaji also was a Prime Minister of India!
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                                            Rohan
                                            Dec 1, 2016 at 8:34 pm
                                            Devegowda.. howz money u have.. :) If you feel its right now then keep your mouth shut.. no idea of history...This will become historic soon..
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