No threat to Samajwadi Party from AHIND movement, says Bangarappa

Staff Correspondent

BIJAPUR: The President of the State unit of the Samajwadi Party S. Bangarappa on Thursday said he saw no threat to his party from the movement launched by former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah under the banner of Alpasankhyataru, Hindulidavaru mathu Dalitaru (AHIND).

Addressing a press conference, he said the Samajwadi Party does not support the AHIND movement. He is neither supporting nor opposing the movement.

The former Chief Minister ruled out the possibility of AHIND movement cutting into the political base the Samajwadi Party is nourishing in the State.

Many leaders and members from different political parties participated in the AHIND rally at Hubli, but they remained in their respective parties when the question of political identity arose.

He said AHIND's real standing can be ascertained only when it transforms into a political forum.

Stating that people are not convinced about the slogan of AHIND leaders about the social justice, Mr. Bangarappa said it should be noted that most of the leaders who are behind AHIND are from ruling parties in the State. If they fail to provide social justice despite being in power, what is the guarantee that they will do it in future, he said.

He said he is not openly inviting Mr. Siddaramaiah to join the Samajwadi Party, but if will welcome him if the latter decided to join it.

On the ongoing tussle between Mr. Siddaramaiah and President of the Janata Dal (Secular) H.D. Deve Gowda, he said they have become parallel lines which will never meet.

The party may ultimately split, and that will have an adverse impact on the stability of the coalition Government, Mr. Bangarappa said.