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Deve Gowda did meet Sonia Gandhi, says Chennigappa

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C. Chennigappa
C. Chennigappa

Staff Correspondent

The leaders discussed the Cauvery issue, says Minister for Forests

TUMKUR: Janata Dal (S) leader and Minister for Forests C. Chennigappa has said that party president and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, met Congress president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi recently.

(However, in a statement issued in Bangalore, Mr. Chennigappa denied reports that Mr. Gowda met Ms. Gandhi. He said these reports were far from the truth. The Minister also said that he had not made any statement about the meeting anywhere.)

Mr. Chennigappa, told presspersons here on Wednesday that Congress leaders in the State were, however, propagating a lie that Mr. Gowda and Ms. Gandhi discussed forging an alliance of the two parties once again in the State.

He said, "I know for sure that Mr. Deve Gowda left Bangalore for New Delhi to meet Ms. Gandhi. But my leader has not discussed the subject of Congress-Janata Dal (S) coalition government."

"The Cauvery issue was the main subject," he said.

"Only Ms. Gandhi can bring pressure on the Union Government and secure justice to Karnataka (on the issue)," he said.

To a question, the Minister said: "It is certain that the JD (S) will fight the next general elections to the Assembly under the leadership of Mr. Deve Gowda."

`Baseless'

Chitradurga Staff Correspondent reports:

Speaking to presspersons on Wednesday, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy dismissed as baseless reports on Mr. Deve Gowda meeting Ms. Gandhi on the Cauvery issue.

False, says Yediyurappa

Bidar Staff Correspondent reports:

Rumours about the JD (S) snapping its ties with BJP and forming a coalition Government with the Congress, were "false and baseless," Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said on Wednesday.

Some people are saying Mr. Gowda and Ms. Gandhi met to discuss whether the JD (S) and the Congress could form a coalition government. There was no truth in them. These were being spread by some Congressmen who were desperate for power and jealous of our achievements.

The Karnataka Development Front would complete the 40-month term.

"There is no doubt about it," he said. "I will, however, speak to Mr. Gowda on this issue," Mr. Yediyurappa said in reply to a question.

The KDF Government was committed to banning arrack and waiver of farm loans, he said.

"We will make our stand clear on these issues in the State budget," he said.

"I have interacted with people from all walks of life. Many self-help groups and women's associations have demanded ban on arrack. Even in Gulbarga many people said they would like to have arrack banned. And, we are going to fulfil their demands," he said.

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