PM, Bommai, Siddaramaiah among others greet Ex-PM Deve Gowda on his 91st birthday
Bengaluru, May 18 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi, outgoing Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and D K Shivakumar among others have greeted JD(S) patriarch and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda on his 91st birthday.
In a tweet, Modi said, "Greetings to our former PM Shri @H_D_Devegowda Ji on his birthday. His contribution towards our nation is noteworthy. Praying for his long and healthy life." Bommai had made a telephone call to Gowda to greet him on his birthday, the outgoing CM's office said in a statement.
Gowda's son and former CM H D Kumaraswamy in a tweet greeting his father said, "He is my strength, motivation, beacon, the great spirit of JD(S). His contribution to the country and Kannada naadu is unforgettable. His experience is 'amrutha dhaare' for all of us. May the Lord grant him good health. May he continue to lead us all for a long time to come." Gowda served as the 11th prime minister of India from June 1996 to April 1997. He was previously the 14th Chief Minister of Karnataka from 1994 to 1996. He presently is a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha representing Karnataka.