KARNATAKA

AHINDA will emerge as the voice of the poor: JD(S) leader

District-level meeting in Kodagu scheduled in October

Staff Correspondent

MADIKERI: The AHINDA movement in Kodagu district will be strengthened in the coming days to empower the backward classes, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and minority groups, K.B. Shantappa, a Janata Dal (S) leader and supporter of former Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, said here on Thursday.

Speaking to presspersons, Mr. Shantappa said AHINDA in Kodagu would emerge as the voice of the poor and downtrodden. It would not go against any class or caste or involve itself in attrition with any individual. It was emerging as a great force in the State under Mr. Siddaramaiah. A district-level AHINDA meet would be organised in Kodagu in October, he said.

Asked how many Janata Dal (S) leaders had identified with AHINDA in Kodagu, Mr. Shantappa said it would be known at the Bangalore meeting on Friday, convened by Mr. Siddaramaiah. He agreed that the coalition Government was on the brink of collapse, which was hastened by the action initiated by the Janata Dal (S) against Mr. Siddaramaiah. Even the Congress leaders, who were fed up with the Janata Dal (S), talked of it. The Janata Dal (S) led by Mr. Siddaramaiah is the genuine Janata Dal (S), he claimed.

Mr. Shantappa blamed the Excise Minister, Chennigappa, for instructing the excise officials to target a liquor shop run by him at Virajpet. The shop was raided on Wednesday. The Minister was masterminding such raids all over the State against AHINDA supporters.

Why no others in Kodagu were being targeted, he questioned. However, the officials had found nothing wrong after the raid, he claimed. There was no talk of the Siddaramaiah group going the Congress way. Elections would be held in a couple of months, he said replying to a question.

Mr. Shantappa clarified that the AHINDA movement led by T.P. Ramesh in Kodagu had nothing to do with the one led by Mr. Siddaramaiah in the State.

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