Staff Correspondent

Dismisses rumours of the party seeking support of All-India Progressive Janata Dal

SHRAVANABELAGOLA: Dismissing the media reports that the Janata Dal (Secular) is planning to have an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the zilla and taluk panchayats, Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash on Tuesday said there is no question of joining hands with BJP for the sake of power.

Speaking to presspersons here, he maintained that no decision has been taken yet with regard to having a tie-up with the Congress to gain control over various zilla and taluk panchayats in the State. A final decision will be taken at the Janata Dal Legislative Party meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, he added.

Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh and President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) M. Mallikarjuna Kharge are also discussing with the Congress high command on having an alliance with the Janata Dal (S). A final picture on the "pact" will emerge soon, he said.

When asked about the said inclination of a few Janata Dal (S) leaders to have a tie-up with former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's All-India Progressive Janata Dal (AIPJD), Mr. Prakash said, "It is the media's wild imagination. There is no question of seeking AIPJD support under any circumstances, as they have contested against us in the election," he said.

On reports of the party opposing the change in the Congress leadership and its plans to withdraw support to the coalition Government in case Mr. Dharam Singh is replaced, Mr. Prakash said that coalition partner is happy with the Chief Minister's performance and find no reason for the change. However, the decision to change the leadership is left to Congress high command and the Janata Dal (S) will discuss the issue in case of necessity, he maintained.

Earlier, releasing a book written by journalist Padmaraja Dandavate on Shravanabelagola, published by the State Government, Mr. Prakash said that the book will help the common people understand various facets of Jainism.

Recalling the contribution of Ranna, Pampa, Raghavanka to literature, he said they enriched Kannada literature by inducing values of Jainism, such as non-violence and renunciation, in their works. He also recalled the contribution of Attimabbe, who was instrumental in publishing of various works on Jainism.