KARNATAKA

KRRS factions may unite by July 21

Leaders to resolve differences next week

Staff Correspondent

CHITRADURGA: Two factions of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) — one headed by Puttannaiah and another identified with name of late M. D.Nanjunada Swamy, — are heading for a reunion.

Basavaraja Tambake, KRRS State unit president, told presspersons after a meeting of state executive committee of the Puttannaiah faction, that there will be one Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha after July 21 as the two factions are making efforts to resolve their differences.

"Leaders from the two factions had discussions in this regard. We will be meeting again next week to resolve the differences. By July 21, we will be on one platform," he said.

About the Sarvodaya Party, he said the KRRS will continue to keep an independent identity. "We don't want to dilute our commitment to farmers' issues. We will continue to fight for the cause of agriculture. We want to develop this as an ideological base for our politics. Whoever wants to jump into power politics, the sangha will permit them to do so through Sarvodaya Party. But no one will be allowed to hold the positions in both the outfits.

That's the reason why K.S. Puttannaiah, former president of KRRS (Puttannaiah Group) resigned from this post to join Sarvodaya Party," he said.

He said the State Committee has decided to conduct workshops to popularise new methods of low-cost farming.

"The costs of farming have sky-rocketed since green revolution. Farmers are in deep crisis as they are at the mercy of multinational companies, on which a majority of farmers are desperately dependent for seeds, pesticides and fertilizers," he said.

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