Staff Correspondent

District-level convention of the party on Saturday

‘The convention will prove wrong the reports that JD(S) has lost its ground in the region’

Party to take up relief work in rain-hit areas

HUBLI: The Janata Dal (Secular) is all set to prove its strength in the region by organising a convention of party activists in Hubli close on the heels of the visit of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi to the city.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday former Ministers and JD(S) leaders Basavaraj Horatti and P.C. Siddanagoudar said that one lakh people from Dharwad and neighbouring districts were expected to participate in the district-level convention of the party on Saturday.

The party convention is scheduled take place at Nehru Stadium. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi addressed a farmers’ rally and launched the election campaign of the Bharatiya Janata Party at the same venue recently. Mr. Horatti said that Saturday’s convention would mark the conclusion of the first leg of the Jaitra Yatre of the former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.

He said the convention would prove wrong the reports that the JD(S) had lost its ground in the region because of migration of several leaders to the BJP and the Congress.

The party had cancelled the convention in Gadag as the untimely rain had severely affected the farmers, he said and added that the Hubli convention would be held as scheduled.

Mr. Horatti said the party workers had made a preliminary assessment of the loss due to rain in the region. According to them, the loss to crops and property in north Karnataka districts was Rs. 230 crore, he said and added that the party would take up relief measures without waiting for the Government’s help.

Before addressing the party convention, Mr. Kumaraswamy would visit some of the affected villages near Hubli, he said.

State unit president of JD(S) Merajuddin Patel, all the MLCs of the party, and former MLAs and Ministers will participate in the convention.