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Party claims credit for victory of Congress candidates

Office-bearers of taluk, district units to be elected

Party to launch membership enrolment drive from June 15

BANGALORE: The Janata Dal (Secular) leadership has dissolved all the party units in the State to pave the way for fresh election of office-bearers to all taluk and district units besides the State unit and State executive committee.

State unit president of the party H.D. Kumaraswamy told presspersons that the party at a meeting held in the presence of Janata Dal (Secular) president and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda here on Friday resolved to bring an end to the practice of nominating office-bearers to party units. “All the party units stand dissolved. The posts will be filled up through a process of election,” he said.

He said the party will choose an election officer, who will hold polls to fill up the posts. “Elections to fill up the posts of office-bearers for all the party units will be completed in the next three months. Even the party’s State executive committee will comprise candidates chosen from the taluk level,” he said.

He said he would continue as acting president of the party’s State unit till the election process is completed. “The post of party’s State unit president will also be filled up through election,” he said.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said the meeting of Janata Dal (Secular) leaders, held soon after the floor leader of the party’s legislature wing was chosen, deliberated on the strengthening of the party organisation.

“A lot of emphasis was laid on strengthening the party,” he said.

Beginning June 15, the party will launch an elaborate membership enrolment drive throughout the State. The party plans to enrol about 10 lakh workers and issue each of them with a membership card carrying their address and photograph.

The party will be eying young legal practitioners and educated youth from rural areas. “I will personally visit each district along with senior leaders to rope in committed workers”, Mr. Kumaraswamy said.

Earlier, addressing the party meeting, Mr. Kumaraswamy said the Congress would not have won even a single seat in the recently held Lok Sabha polls had it not been for the Janata Dal (Secular). “It was because of the presence of our candidates in the fray that the Congress could win six seats”, he said.

The Janata Dal (Secular) leader claimed that the party candidate polled more than two lakh votes in Kolar Lok Sabha constituency, which paved the way for the Congress victory.

“If our candidate had not polled so many votes, the BJP would have won the seat by a margin or more than one lakh votes”, he said.

“Similarly, the Congress managed to win Gulbarga and Bidar seats because our candidates were not strong enough,” he said.