KARNATAKA

Prakash dismisses rumours on plans to join Congress

Special Correspondent

Bangalore: Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash has spiked rumours that he is planning to join the Congress.

He told presspersons here on Saturday that reports to the effect that he is dissatisfied with certain developments in the Janata Dal (S) and plans to join the Congress or associate himself with the former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah are baseless.

`Fertile imagination'

"It is no more than the fertile imagination of some leaders. Nothing of that sort will happen."

Mr. Prakash said that on the contrary it is still not too late for Mr. Siddaramaiah to retrace his steps and return to the JD(S) fold. "He should iron out his differences with the party supremo, H.D. Deve Gowda, and the JD(S) will definitely give him a befitting position. Rather than thinking of joining the Congress or floating a new party, Mr. Siddaramaiah should get back to the JD(S)," he said.

BJP leaders join

Earlier, several Bharatiya Janata Party leaders of Gadag district, including the former MLA C.S. Muthinapendimutt joined the JD(S). They were welcomed into the party by State President N. Thippanna and Mr. Prakash.

Reports have also been circulating that Finance Minister P.G.R. Sindhia is planning to quit the JD(S) and join the Congress. This has been termed baseless.