Janata Dal (Secular), which is gearing up for the Assembly elections, launched a few publicity initiatives on Saturday.
The party launched a ringtone for mobile phones and released compact discs (CDs) and a brochure on its achievements.
While party’s secretary-general Basavaraj Patil Yatnal launched the ringtone, the CDs on the party’s contribution to the State, especially to the welfare of the oppressed classes and minorities, were released by the party’s State unit president and former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.
Party’s national president and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda released a brochure on the achievements of the JD(S) during his and Mr. Kumaraswamy’s tenure as Chief Minister in the State.
JD(S) held a meeting of the party’s chiefs from the districts of Chamarajanagar, Mandya, Mysore, Ramanagaram, Kolar, Chickballapur, Chikmagalur, Bangalore city, Bangalore Rural and Tumkur, legislators and candidates who lost by a small margin in the previous Assembly elections and discussed about the potential candidates for the coming elections. Contents of the party’s manifesto were also discussed in the meeting, party spokesperson Y.S.V. Datta said. Party’s working president P.G.R. Sindhia and president of the JD(S) Youth Wing Madhu Bangarappa were among those who participated.
Mr. Kumaraswamy told journalists that the party would announce its first list of candidates before Sankranti (January 14).
Accusing BJP leaders of trying to project him and Mr. Kumaraswamy in bad light, Mr. Gowda said attempts were being made to rake up issues and sully their names.