Siddaramaiah to join Congress, hits out at JD(S) `opportunistic' politics

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SEEKING SUPPORT: AIPJD Leader Siddaramaiah waving to his supporters during the public rally in Mysore on Saturday. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
SEEKING SUPPORT: AIPJD Leader Siddaramaiah waving to his supporters during the public rally in Mysore on Saturday. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

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The former Deputy Chief Minister explains the reasons for his decision

Siddaramaiah criticises Janata Dal (S) leadershipfor his suspension from party He seeks CBI probe into BMIC project

MYSORE: The All India Progress Janata Dal (AIPJD) rally held here on Saturday was a show of strength for the party leader Siddaramaiah who used the occasion to justify his entry to the Congress and berate the "opportunistic politics" of the Janata Dal (Secular).

The rally also signalled the beginning of the campaign for the impending byelection to Chamundeshwari constituency from where Mr. Siddaramaiah is likely to seek a re-election on a Congress ticket. He also said that a decision on his resignation will be taken within a week.

Thousands of AIPJD activists had assembled at the Dasara Exhibition Grounds to hear Mr. Siddaramaiah and other leaders all of whom criticised the "political machinations" of the Janata Dal(S) supreme and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and supported Mr. Siddarmaiah's decision to join the Congress.

Mr.Siddaramaiah indicated that he would resign as MLA and seek re-election from the Chamundeshwari constituency from where he was elected on a Janata Dal(S) ticket in 2004. His entry to the Congress would lead to his disqualification as an MLA under the provisions of the Anti Defection Act.

Mr.Siddaramaiah told his supporters that he would not like to enter the Congress through the backdoor but would rather seek the mandate of the public. Explaining his decision to join the Congress, Mr.Siddaramaiah said he was not doing it for personal gain. "I harbour a desire to make Karnataka the best State in the country," he added.

He listed his "achievements" as the Deputy Chief Minister and the Finance Minister and berated the "family politics" of Mr. Deve Gowda. He asked audience what he should do next. His supporters shouted in unison that "You join the Congress.''

Mr.Siddaramaiah said he was forced to quit the Janata Dal(S) as it had turned ``into a family fief of Mr. Deve Gowda.''

Mr. Siddaramaiah said, ``I was suspended from the party for participating in the AHINDA rally which was held to espouse the cause of the socially deprived castes. But no action was taken against the 38 MLAs who supported Kumaraswamy and joined the BJP. This has exposed the true intention of Mr. Deve Gowda.''

Lashing out at the political stance of the Janata Dal(S) and the BJP on the Bangalore -Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project, Mr.Siddaramaiah said the Government should enact a legislation and reclaim the land given to the developer. If the Government was keen on punishing the guilty, what prevented them from ordering a CBI inquiry into BMIC project Mr. Siddaramaiah wondered. H.C. Mahadevappa, Somashekar and Manchanahalli Mahadev, Venkatesh, MLAs; former MP Kondaramaiah: former MLC A.K. Subbaiah and AIPJD president C.M. Ibrahim were present.




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