Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The All India Milli Council has urged Janata Dal (Secular) chief H. D. Deve Gowda to rise above personal grudges and stick to his commitment for secularism.

Drawing Mr. Gowda's attention to his assertions about secularism before the previous Parliamentary and Assembly polls, the council said Mr. Gowda's image would be tarnished if he failed to prevent the Dharam Singh government from falling and dissuaded his son from aligning with the BJP to form an alternate government in Karnataka. Pointing out politics in the country was at the "most crucial stage," the council general secretary, M. Manzoor Alam, referred to new BJP chief Rajanth Singh's declaration of returning to core Hindutva issues.