`Defeat defectors to Congress'

BANGALORE, FEB. 26. The Kannada Chaluvaligar leader, Vatal Nagaraj, has hit out at the former MLAs from the All-India Progressive Janata Dal who have defected to the Congress and given a call to the people of the State to defeat those among them who contest the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

In a statement to the press, Mr. Nagaraj has said that the MLAs who joined the Congress have made a mockery of democratic traditions and the law of the land.

He will convene a meeting of former MPs and legislators who were ideals to others, and invite Mulka Govinda Reddy, former PSP MP, Tulasidas Dasappa, former MP, the former minister and trade unionist, K. Sriramulu, and others.