BENGALURU: As if the prevailing suspense over the longevity of the coalition government headed by his son and chief minister HD Kumaraswamy wasn’t enough, JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda caused ripples in political circles by suggesting there would be midterm polls soon. He then caused consternation when, barely an hour later, he backtracked saying he was misquoted and wasn’t referring to assembly elections. Gowda, who after a bout of yoga to celebrate World Yoga Day, told reporters, “I don’t know how long this government will survive. It depends on what decision the Congress will take.” Asked about the possibility of midterm polls, Gowda said, “Certainly, there should not be any doubt.” The denial – when it came – was bizarre. “You (media) people have misread my statement,” he said. “I was talking about the forthcoming zilla, taluk and gram panchayat elections which are due later this year.”