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He urged the workers to build the party and serve society

  • Government criticised for not adhering to democratic principles
  • Be wary of communal forces, youth told

    DAVANGERE: Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leader, called upon Congress workers to be patient even if they were not given any specific positions in the party. He said that he has not been made the Chief Minister although he had been an elected member for 35 years. But that has neither disappointed nor disillusioned him, he said. Be patient as patience always pays, was his advice to party workers.

    He was speaking at the valedictory function of the two-day training programme for office-bearers of the National Students Union of India(NSUI), here on Thursday evening. Your aim should be to build the party; serve the society and people without expecting any positions, he said.

    Elections

    The Janata Dal(Secular)-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition Government was avoiding holding elections to the post of the chairman in the Legislative Council, as it was aware of the strength of the Congress, he said. Of 75 members in the Council, Congress has 40 members.

    As per the norm, elections should have been conducted by now, he said and criticised the Government for not adhering to the democratic principles.

    The Congress had commenced various irrigation projects and it had allocated one third of the amount in the Budget, when it was in power, he said. The present Government claimed that these irrigation projects were their achievements.

    Mr. Kharge described the BJP, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Vishva Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal as communal forces that were dividing the people on caste and community basis.

    He called upon the students to be wary of such communal forces, which indulged in misleading the youth.

    Y. Nagappa, former Minister and S.S. Mallikarjun, former Minister, also spoke on the occasion. Jalaja Naik, former MLC, Abdul Jabbar, former president of the Davangere district unit participated in the function.

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