Udupi: The District Janata Dal (Secular) had organised 85th birthday celebrations of party Supremo H D Deve Gowda at Girls' Bal Bhavan in Nittur on May 18.
After cutting the birthday cake along with the inmates of Bal Bhavan, Yogish V Shetty, Udupi JD(S) District President said that the contribution of the former prime minister H D Deve Gowda to the state and nation was great. "He was a minister at the age of 36 in the ministry of Ramakrishna Hegde in the state. Under his leadership the farmers, downtrodden and people enjoyed development", he added.
He termed HDD a staunch crusader of socio-economic development and an ardent admirer of the rich cultural heritage of India. "His prolonged experience in active politics and his strong base at the grassroot level enables him to plunge straightway into the task of tackling any problem faced by the state", he said.
Shalini Shetty Kenchanoor, Nishalakshmi Shetty, Abdul Qader, B K Mohammed Hejmady, Jayaram Acharya, P Barboza and other officials were present. On behalf of JDS, lunch was served to all inmates of Bal Bhavan.