I am also an Accidental Prime Minister: quips Deve Gowda

New Delhi: Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda who served as prime minister from June 1, 1996, to April 21, 1997, with the help of regional parties and Congress said on Friday that he too was an “Accidental Prime Minister”. His quip came amid a political row over the movie with the same title.

The film is based on the tenure of Manmohan Singh as India’s prime minister from 2004 to 2014. However, Congress alleged that it was the BJP’s propaganda against their party. The trailer of the film was released in Mumbai on Thursday.

Answering to a question over the controversy on the film ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, the 85-year-old JDS supremo is quoted by Indian Express to have said in a lighter vein “Actually I don’t know, why that was allowed…I think it started three or four months ago. I don’t know who has permitted, why? Honestly, I have not gone through this so-called Accidental Prime Minister. I’m also (an) Accidental Prime Minister.”

After serving as prime minister from June 1, 1996, to April 21, 1997, Gowda had to step down when Congress withdrew support.

The film Accidental Prime Minister is directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte. It stars Anupam Kher as Manmohan Singh and Akshaye Khanna as Baru. It is scheduled to release on January 11.