Government cannot be dismissed: Prakash

Bangalore: Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash has refused to comment on Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Krishna's decision to recognise H.D. Kumaraswamy as the leader of the Janata Dal (Secular) Legislature Party in his place. Speaking after the Assembly was adjourned sine die, he said it is not right to question the action of the Speaker. He noted the House was not in order and the motion of confidence could not be taken up. Mr. Prakash expressed the view that the Governor could not dismiss the Government going by the verdict of the Supreme Court with regard to dissolution of the Bihar Legislative Assembly.

- Special Correspondent

Chaturvedi can dismiss Government: Jois

Bangalore: Commenting on the developments in the State, former Governor of Bihar and Jharkhand M. Rama Jois has expressed the view that as the Chief Minister holds office at the pleasure of Governor T.N. Chaturvedi, the latter could dismiss the Dharam Singh Government. Speaking to The Hindu , the former Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court said the matter is now left to the "sound discretion" of the Governor, who has ample powers to deal with the matter. Mr. Rama Jois said a peculiar situation developed in the Assembly, and the Chief Minister was prevented by his own party members from moving the vote of confidence. - Special Correspondent

Prakash should have been consulted: Sindhia

Bangalore: Industries and Finance Minister P.G.R. Sindhia has said it is not right to comment on the decision of the Speaker to remove M.P. Prakash as leader of the Janata Dal (Secular) Legislature Party. However, he felt the Speaker could have consulted others, including Mr. Prakash. "I am not happy over the decision as I was not consulted," he said. - Special Correspondent

Deve Gowda's

plea ignored

Bangalore: The Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs who have supported party State unit Working President H.D. Kumaraswamy on Friday rejected an appeal by H.D. Deve Gowda to change their stand. In a letter to all party MLAs and Ministers on Thursday, Mr. Deve Gowda urged them to consider the ideals of the party more important than their own "personal prestige". They should realise the agony he is going through, he had told them. - Special Correspondent

Government staff

strike on March 9

BELLARY: The Karnataka State Government Employees' Association will stage a dharna in taluk and district headquarters on February 8 to press for its demands. Addressing presspersons here on Friday, H.N. Seshegowda, president of the association, said pay parity, release of interim relief, merger of 50 per cent of dearness allowance with basic pay, and extension of retirement age from 58 to 60 years are among the main demands of the association. He said the association has decided to intensify its agitation by going on strike on March 9. He said a State-level sports meet of government employees will be held here from February 18 to 20.

- Staff Correspondent

EPFO takes action against firm

BANGALORE: The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has initiated action against two directors of a company for defaulting on payment of provident fund dues of Rs. 36.07 lakhs. According to the EPFO, it took action against Garment International Private Ltd. on Hosur Road for not clearing dues for the period between July 2003 and February 2005. It said the company did not clear the dues despite notices. The company approached the Karnataka High Court, which rejected its contention and directed it to clear the dues. Directors of the company Gaurav Mahajan and Vaibhav Mahajan were on arrested on Wednesday.

- Staff Reporter