Staff Correspondent

`The common agenda is to defeat Siddaramaiah' `The common agenda of the two parties is to defeat Siddaramaiah in Chamundi'

DAVANGERE: The BJP will appeal to Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Janata Dal (Secular) leader H.D. Deve Gowda to support the BJP candidate in the Chamundi Assembly constituency as the common agenda of the parties is to defeat the former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who recently joined the Congress, Sadananda Gowda, president of the State unit of the BJP, has said.

Mr. Sadananda Gowda told reporters at Basavapatna village in Chennagiri taluk on Monday that the BJP was strong in Mysore and that the BJP had won four seats in the legislative council elections and also the last Parliamentary elections there. Hence the BJP would impress upon the Janata Dal (Secular) to support the BJP in the elections and defeat Siddaramiah.

The BJP would field its candidate in Chamundi whether a deal was struck with the BJP or not. The party would hold a meeting on October 16 to take a final decision in this regard, he said.

Referring to the violence in Mangalore, the BJP leader said that there was no need to institute any inquiry into it "as there had been sufficient proof that the son of a Congress MLA and Mayor of Mangalore had orchestrated the violence."

The police had to arrest them without any compulsions, he said.

The Congress, which had failed in its attempts to topple the Government, had resorted to disturbing peace and creating law and order problems as the last resort, he said.

To a question, Mr. Sadananda Gowda said that the membership of the BJP had risen to nine lakhs from four lakhs in the past two years. The party elections would be completed by November 10, he added.