Staff Correspondent

Threatens to pull out of Government if Congress helps `enemies'

Congress should not join hands with AIPJD Re-entry of Siddaramaiah into JD(S) ruled out Congress given time till February 8 National Executive of JD(S) to decide on a course of action

BELLARY: Janata Dal (Secular) State unit President N. Thippanna has categorically said his party will continue in the coalition as long as the Congress does not join hands with the "enemies" of the Janata Dal (S) in zilla and taluk panchayats.

"We have made it clear to the Congress that if the coalition Government has to continue then it should share power with the Janata Dal (S) in zilla and taluk panchayats and should not have any ties with our enemies at any cost," Mr. Thippanna said.

Mr. Thippanna told presspersons that the Congress joining hands with the All India Progressive Janata Dal (AIPJD) is his party's only major grouse and the party had no other complaint. "Even now it is not late. We still tell the Congress that we will continue in the coalition if the latter agrees to share power with us in the zilla and taluk panchayats and drop the idea of joining hands with the AIPJD. But unfortunately, the Congress appears to be trying to have an understanding with our enemies," he said.

Mr. Thippanna said a majority of the party leaders and workers were of the opinion that the Janata Dal (S) should severe its ties with the Congress and have made it clear that they were ready to face another elections. "The National Executive of the party will meet on February 8 and discuss all these issues and take a final decision as to whether the party should severe its ties with the coalition government or not.

Till then we will wait and watch. If the coalition arrangement is continued even in the zilla and taluk panchayats, it will be fine and if not, we will be forced to take a decision on the future course of action," he said.

Mr. Thippanna ruled out taking back former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and others into the party. About the poor performance of his party in his home district in the zilla and taluk panchayat elections, Mr. Thippanna attributed it to the flow of funds and liquor, and atrocities.