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Merajuddin Patel
Merajuddin Patel

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Kumaraswamy will be the chief ministerial candidate: Merajuddin Patel

Bangalore: President of the State unit of the Janata Dal (Secular) Merajuddin Patel on Wednesday announced that the party will field youth in 40 per cent of the Assembly constituencies to the coming elections to the State Legislative Assembly.

Participating in the meet-the-press programme organised at the Press Club of Bangalore, he said that H.D. Kumaraswamy will be the chief ministerial candidate. Mr. Kumaraswamy is the undisputed leader of the party at the State-level, he said. He ruled out the possibility of choosing H.D. Revanna to the post. Asked why he was not aspiring for the post, Mr. Patel said that did not like it, as the political situation was not conducive. Moreover, he did not want to have any tension, he said regaling the reporters.

He said that 200 applications have been received seeking ticket to contest the elections. Mr. Patel refused to divulge details of the manifesto as the party wanted to maintain suspense till the last minute.

Asked for his comments about the criticism that the Janata Dal (Secular) was “a party of the father and son,” Mr. Patel said that this was the political culture of the country and the Janata Dal (Secular) alone should not be blamed for the malady.

Mr. Patel denied the charge that Mr. Kumaraswamy ditched Bharatiya Janata Party leader B.S. Yeddyurappa. The Janata Dal (Secular) kept its promise, but could not be expected to ensure his continuance in the post. He held senior BJP leaders Venkaiah Naidu and BJP president Rajnath Singh responsible for it. “He can boast off as a former Chief Minister. Will not the people call him ex –CM now and the credit for this should come to Janata Dal (Secular).” And, there was laughter again. How can you say one thing outside and issue a whip to the Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs to vote against the confidence motion in the Assembly, he was asked. To this, he replied: “It is politics, as a-matter-of-factly. We had not given unconditional support to him,” he said.

Asked to clarify whether he endorsed Mr. Kumaraswamy`s statement that the Janata Dal (Secular) will not have an alliance with the Samajwadi Party, he did not rule out the alliance.

Mr. Patel was asked to comment on the Union Budget and the relief given to the people. He brushed aside the allocation made to farmers, Dalits and OBCs as a carbon copy of the Kumaraswamy government’s budget.

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