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Introspection: (From left) Janata Dal (S) leaders H.D. Kumaraswamy, Merajuddin Patel and H.D. Deve Gowda at a party meeting in Bangalore on Saturday.
Introspection: (From left) Janata Dal (S) leaders H.D. Kumaraswamy, Merajuddin Patel and H.D. Deve Gowda at a party meeting in Bangalore on Saturday.

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This will help in better preparation, says former Chief Minister

Bangalore: Former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Saturday urged the Janata Dal (S) president and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda to decide the candidates for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, and the Assembly elections after five years, so that the party rank and file could be prepared to face them and once again come to the centre stage of State politics.

Addressing a party meeting, attended by the newly elected MLAs, MLCs, former Ministers and office bearers, Mr. Kumaraswamy said the BJP by its performance in the past few days had proved that it was incapable to govern the State.

He said the BJP Government was busy transferring senior officials rather than solving the problem of fertilizer shortage.

The death of Siddalingappa Choori in police firing in Haveri, and before that the accident at Arkalgud in Hassan district that resulted in the death of several persons of a marriage group were not good omens for the BJP.

The Government would not last long, he said. Both Mr. Kumaraswamy and the former Minister Basavaraj Horatti explained the happenings in Hubli-Dharwad and Haveri and condemned the lack of commitment of the BJP Government in responding to the demand of farmers.

Citing the election of Sunil Hegde in Haliyal and Nadagouda in Sindhanur, who had begun work even before their candidature were announced, Mr. Kumaraswamy reminded the top leadership the importance of repeating such success in the Lok Sabha and the next Assembly elections.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said that the candidates for the Lok Sabha elections should be decided in the next one or two months.

He urged the leadership to start a membership drive and enrol at least 10,000 to 15,000 members in each of the 224 Assembly constituencies and take up padayatras during which they should visit each home and explain the programmes of the party.

Y.S.V. Datta, MLC, welcomed the gathering. He spoke about Mr. Kumaraswamy’s conduct soon after becoming Chief Minister and what B.S. Yeddyurappa did soon after assuming office.

While Mr. Kumaraswamy met several Union Ministers, including Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Ram Vilas Paswan during his first visit to New Delhi and succeeded in getting 70,000 tonnes of DAP to the State, Mr. Yeddyurappa went about taking blessings of senior leaders of the BJP and returned to the city, he said.

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