KARNATAKA

Cong. leaders vow to stand by Krishna

Bangalore Oct. 31. Congress leaders and ministers today pledged their support to the Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, in staving off the challenges facing the Government such as the agitation in Mandya District, the Cauvery crisis, and the abduction of the former minister, H. Nagappa.

The occasion was the observance of the 18th death anniversary of Indira Gandhi at the Congress Bhavan. The meeting was notable for the observation of the Minister for Women and Child Welfare and Member of the Congress Working Committee, Motamma, that the Chief Minister was being denied the support he needed at this hour of crisis from his party colleagues and ministers. She told the party seniors to do much more to support the Chief Minister. A good number of ministers who were present on the occasion heard her.

On his part, Mr. Krishna avoided any reference to the agitation in his native Mandya District against the release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu, but declared that his Government was prepared to meet any challenge. He said he was one of those who had obtained "Deekshe'' from the former Prime Minister, and was thus prepared to take on any challenge. The Government had a "route map'' to meet any contingency. He reiterated that his "padayatra" in Mandya District had no political meaning and was meant to restore peace. Many Congress workers and others walked along with him, as they sincerely believed in the peaceful intentions behind it, he added.

Mr. Krishna spoke of a change in mind sweeping the country, and the example was the elections in Jammu and Kashmir. It could be discerned in Gujarat, which was going to polls. The people had come to repose faith in a balanced leadership, and not in leaders who were wedded to Hindutva and division.

About Indira Gandhi, Mr. Krishna said that she implemented socialism in the country while leaders such as Jayaprakash Narayan and Rammanohar Lohia only theorised about it. One reason for the latter was that they could not come to power. Indira Gandhi had stood for the integrity of the nation. He saw in the Congress President, Sonia Gandhi, "Stree Shakti''<149>. That was the name given to the programme being implemented in the State.

The former Law Minister, Haranahalli Ramaswamy, deplored the destruction of public property in the name of the agitation.

The Minister for Forests, K.H. Ranganath, pledged the support of the ministers and party leaders to the Chief Minister.

The KPCC President, Allum Veerabhadrappa, told the Congress workers to take on the challenge posed by the agitation in Mandya and Mysore districts.

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