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`Former Prime Minister has gone against secular politics'

  • State Committee takes serious note of political developments
  • `Government should ban proposed Satya Sandesha Yatra'

    GULBARGA: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Saturday criticised former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda for his assent to the electoral pact between the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the byelection to the Assembly from Chamundeshwari constituency.

    State Secretariat members of the party C. Bayyareddy and Maruti Manpade told presspersons here that the State Committee which met in Bangalore from November 15 and 16 took a serious note of new political developments in the State and stated that by accepting the support of the Bharatiya Janata Party to the Janata Dal (S) candidate, Mr. Deve Gowda had gone against secular politics.

    Free hand

    They alleged that the statements of BJP leaders, including Higher Education Minister D.H. Shankaramurthy, that the State Government would organise "Shoba Yatra" and "Datta Mala" at Datta Peetha indicated that the Janata Dal (S) had given a free hand to the BJP to communalise the situation.

    Mr. Manpade said the Government should ban the proposed "Satya Sandesha Yatra" from Chikmagalur to Bababudangiri as announced by Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa.

    Demand

    He reiterated the demand of the party to remove Mr. Shankaramurthy as Chikmagalur district in-charge Minister in view of his "partisan" stand on the "Datta Mala" and "Shoba Yatra" issue.

    Mr. Bayyareddy said that the State committee of the party had decided to send a delegation to Bababudangiri on November 21 to study the situation and submit a memorandum to Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy urging the State Government to take steps to maintain status quo there.

    Protest

    Besides, the party would organise a State-wide protest and dharna on December 1 to maintain communal harmony in Bababudangiri and Chikmagalur district, he said.

    He said that though the party had not decided on supporting any candidate in the byelection to be held on December 4, the State Committee wanted to support a secular candidate.

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