Hassan district Janata Dal (S) president H.K. Javare Gowda has said there was no need for K.M. Shivalinge Gowda, Arsikere MLA who was found to have been in violation of the model code of conduct, to resign.

The Arsikere JMFC court convicted the MLA of violating the code when he offered food to voters at Banavara during campaign for the 2009 general election. He was granted bail and the judgement suspended for a month.

Speaking to presspersons here on Friday, Mr. Javare Gowda said the judgement was not “final” and the MLA would appeal in a higher court.

When asked what moral right the Janata Dal (S) had to demand the resignation of other party leaders facing charges when it refused to direct the convicted MLA to resign, he said: “The days of resigning taking moral responsibility are gone. It is difficult to find even one person like Lal Bahadur Shastri who resigned taking moral responsibility following a railway accident.”

Denied

When probed on party president’s H.D. Deve Gowda’s involvement in the issue — Mr. Shivalinge Gowda was campaigning for Mr. Deve Gowda — Mr. Javare Gowda insisted the former Prime Minister was not connected to the incident. “I was the election agent for Mr. Deve Gowda [then]. We did not hold any programme to offer food for voters during the campaign,” he claimed.