KARNATAKA

Mine is not a beggar’s dream: Rajasekharan

Special Correspondent

Bangalore: Union Minister of State for Planning M.V. Rajasekharan, whose name has been figuring in media speculation as a chief ministerial candidate, has said that his was not a “beggar’s dream”, quoting from the popular Kannada poem “Tirukana Kanasu”, which speaks about the gap between the world of dreams and the world of reality.

Speaking on the sidelines of a cultural function organised here on Saturday, he clarified that he was not dreaming of becoming Chief Minister of the State.

He said he did not know whether his party was keen on forming another Government in the State. If the party high command were to form another coalition Government with the Janata Dal (Secular), it would decide who would be Chief Minister, he said.

To follow orders

Congress president Sonia Gandhi had reposed confidence in him and entrusted him with a ministerial responsibility in the Union Government. He would only do as the party commanded, he said.

‘No meeting held’

On the reported meeting between him and his colleague in the Union Government Oscar Fernandes, Mr. Rajasekharan said that he had not held a meeting with Mr. Fernandes.

The cultural function was organised by the Suvarna Karnataka Samskritika Academy, a private organisation, to observe the birth centenary of the popular Kannada novelist A.N. Krishna Rao (Anakru) and to recall the services of the former Chief Minister S. Nijalingappa.

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