Staff Correspondent

  • Janata Dal (S) accused of trying to influence voters on the basis of caste
  • `Our aim is to see that communal forces are defeated'

    MYSORE: The Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (CPI), Sarvodaya Karnataka and the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) have decided to extend support to Congress candidate Siddaramaiah in the byelection to the Assembly from the Chamundeshwari constituency in Mysore taluk.

    Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, leaders of the four outfits said they would work for the defeat of the candidate of the Janata Dal (Secular)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine, which they termed "anti-farmer" and "anti-secular".

    Secretary of the State unit of the CPI(M) G.N. Nagaraj, CPI State unit secretary Siddana Gowda Patil, president of Sarvodaya Karnataka Devanur Mahadev and Sangha president K.S. Puttannaiah were present.

    Mr. Nagaraj said that his party always opposed communal forces and termed "unfortunate" the decision of the Janata Dal (S) to join hands with the BJP. The Janata Dal (S), which sought to project itself as a secular party, had aligned with the BJP just for power, he added.

    Mr. Nagaraj sought to clarify that his party chose to support Mr. Siddaramaiah for the sake of opposing "communal forces". "More than supporting the Congress, our aim is to see that communal forces are defeated," Mr. Nagaraj said.

    Mr. Nagaraj said the Congress had approached the Left parties and sought their support for Mr. Siddaramaiah.

    Mr. Siddana Gowda Patil accused the Janata Dal (S) of trying to influence voters on the basis of caste.

    Accusing the Janata Dal (S)-BJP Government of failing in carrying out development works, Mr. Patil said that it was not necessary for the ruling parties to use so much of funds and manpower for campaigning.

    Sangha president K.S. Puttannaiah said the Janata Dal (S)-BJP Government did not have time or inclination to solve the problems of farmers. The election campaign by the Janata Dal (S) was nothing but a political vendetta against an individual. The coalition Government appeared to be pre-occupied with the obsession of defeating a single individual, Mr. Puttannaiah added.

    Mr. Devanur Mahadev said the Janata Dal (S), which fought the 2004 Assembly elections on the plank of secularism, had betrayed its voters by joining hands with the BJP.