S.P. Muddahanume Gowda, Congress MP for Tumakuru who was asked to cede the seat to Janata Dal (Secular) president H.D. Deve Gowda for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, took a “truth test” at Dharmasthala temple on Thursday to “prove” that he has not taken any money from any quarter to withdraw his nomination.
Mr. Muddahanume Gowda had filed his nomination papers as a “rebel” Congress candidate from Tumakuru in protest against the seat being given to the JD(S) in the coalition arrangement, but withdrew it later.
Addressing reporters at Dharmasthala, after having the “darshan” of Lord Manjunatha, where believers take what is called “truth test”, the MP said a section of the media had reported that he had taken “crores of rupees” for withdrawing the nomination. “It is not correct. The allegations have been made by those who are trying to tarnish my image and curtail my political growth,” Mr. Muddahanume Gowda said.
He said he withdrew his nomination after Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party in charge of Karnataka K.C. Venugopal convinced him to do so to follow the coalition dharma. Later, he had taken part in the campaign in the constituency.
Mr. Muddahanume Gowda said he was speaking to the media in Dharmasthala because there should not be any doubts in the minds of people. “I want to put an end to the allegations now,” he said.
The MP said though he worked actively during the last five years, he did not get a chance to contest again from Tumakuru. He added that he has no plans of quitting the party.