MLC happy about joining JD(S)

Staff Correspondent

Madikeri: C.S. Arun Machaiah, MLC from Kodagu, who recently joined the Janata Dal (Secular), said here on Friday that he has no regrets and is happy to have joined a secular party, headed by the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda.

Mr. Machaiah told presspersons here that he was with the Congress for over 25 years. He was expelled from the party for contesting against the official nominee and the former Minister T. John in the local bodies elections here to the Upper House two years ago.

Mr. Machaiah accused the Congress leaders hailing from Kodagu of blocking his re-entry into the Congress, though some of the senior State leaders were in favour of it.