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Gowda will favour election, says Bangarappa

  • Riparian states advised to take initiative to solve the inter-State issues
  • Party has started the process of holding the district-level conventions of its workers

    SHIMOGA: State President of the Samajawadi Party and Shimoga MP S. Bangarappa said here on Sunday that the mid-term poll to the Assembly was imminent after the completion of the 20-month phase of the coalition government led by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy. The Janata Dal(S) Supremo H.D. Deve Gowda was convinced that his party failed to get the minority votes to the extent expected in the recently held by-election to the Assembly from the Chamundeshwari constituency owing to his party's alliance with the BJP to form the Government.

    Addressing a press conference, he said that Deve Gowda who was concerned over this development would not give consent to B.S. Yediyurappa becoming the Chief Minister as agreed upon for the second phase of the coalition government, as it would affect his party's secular credentials when it would face the general elections.

    He said that Deve Gowda would favour the mid-term Assembly election, as the 20-month term of the Government would come to an end.

    Terming the coalition government as the "worst" ever seen by the people of the State Bangarappa ridiculed the staying of Kumaraswamy in the houses of the Dalits as a publicity stunt.

    He denied that the MPs from the State were found wanting in taking up the issues relating to the State in the Parliament. He however said that they might not able to take up the regional issues frequently for the lack of opportunities to speak. When his attention was drawn to the complaint that he did not speak on the inter-State river dispute over the Mahadai river between Karnataka and Goa in the Lok Sabha he said he had been doing what was expected of him.

    Mr. Bangarappa however said the dispute could be solved if the Karnataka Government showed the required will power to hold negotiations with the Goa Government in an effective way to get the issue resolved amicably. He said that there was no scope for the court's intervention if the riparian states took the initiative to solve the interstate issues through negotiations.

    He said that his party would go it alone in the coming elections to the civic bodies without seeking the alliance of any party.

    Bangarappa said that the party had started the process of holding the district level conventions of its workers, which would be completed by January 15.

    He said that they would hold it in Mangalore on December 22, Madikeri on December 23, Kolar and Tumkur on December 27, Chitradurga on December 28 and Shimoga on December 29.