At its Yuva Chetana convention, which had focus on the Lok Sabha elections, Janata Dal (Secular) on Wednesday underlined the role of regional parties in the polity and said that the party would come out strong in the general elections.

Party leaders, especially the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and the former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, focussed their attention on what they termed failures of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) during their tenures at the Centre.

Their criticism was primarily aimed at the Congress government in the State, especially the party’s arch rival, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

Noting that the formation of a third front is the only alternative to the Congress and the BJP in an era of coalition, they said that supporting a regional party such as the Janata Dal(S) would greatly help in addressing the problems being faced by Karnataka.

A large number of youth reached the convention venue on their two-wheelers from across the State and Mr. Kumaraswamy rode a two-wheeler for some distance before reaching the venue. The convention, which was to start at 11 a.m., started four hours behind schedule, as Mr. Kumaraswamy reached the Palace grounds late.

Noting that both the BJP and the Congress have lost their credibility, Janata Dal(S) State president A. Krishnappa sought support for the party in the Lok Sabha elections to facilitate the formation of the third front. Admitting that the party had committed a few mistakes in Assembly polls, youth wing president Madhu Bangarappa promised to correct them.

Attacking the Congress and the BJP for writing off the Janata Dal(S) in the light of its defeat in the recent Lok Sabha bypolls, Mr. Deve Gowda said that the party would re-emerge like a Phoenix before the Lok Sabha elections.

Speaking on his contribution to the development of the State, especially the irrigation sector, Mr. Deve Gowda sought to know who was responsible for the growth of the IT and BT sector.

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