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Janata Dal (Secular) and Congress form the ruling alliance in the panchatyat

Congress has 13 members in the 31-member panchayat

It has claimed support of three more members

BIDAR: The Congress, which is part of the ruling alliance in the Bidar Zilla Panchayat, is planning to move a no-confidence motion against the panchayat president Jayasheela Reddy of the Janata Dal (Secular).

Rajshekar B. Patil of the Congress is the vice-president of the panchayat.

The Janata Dal (S) and the Congress forged an alliance in the zilla panchayat in October last and agreed that each party would hold the post of panchayat president for 20 months.

The Congress, which has 13 members in the 31-member panchayat, on Saturday claimed that it had the support of Meenakshi Sangram of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Inayat Ali, the lone member of the Bahujan Samaj Party in the panchayat, and Muktabai Madane, an independent.

The Congress, with the support of the three members, will be in a comfortable position to claim the post of president by severing its ties with the Janata Dal (S) which has eight members in the panchayat.

The BJP has eight members in the panchayat, including Ms. Sangram. Ms. Sangram is the daughter of the former Aurad MLA Gundappa Vakil. Mr. Vakil quit the BJP and joined the Congress before the Assembly elections.

“No party having a majority will like to stay away from power. The Congress will definitely assume power in the panchayat after a decision on moving the no-confidence motion is arrived at by the party leaders,” sources in the Congress told The Hindu.

The party would take a decision on moving the no-confidence motion against the panchayat president after consulting the party MLAs Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli and Ishwar Khandre, district unit president of the party V.K. Patil said.

However, president of the district unit of the Janata Dal (S) Baburao Gudge said that there was no need to move the no-confidence motion in the panchayat as the party was ready to give up the president’ post if the Congress made a claim for it.

Sources in the Janata Dal (S) said that there were reports that the Congress was carrying out a signature campaigning since the last two days. But the panchayat president had not received any notice in this regard, they added.

Meanwhile, spokesman of the district unit of the BJP Babu Wali said on Sunday that the unit would consult the party high command for initiating disciplinary action against Ms. Sangram if she supports to the Congress.

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