“Efforts under way for consolidation of Left, secular forces”

Janata Dal (Secular) president H.D. Deve Gowda has said that efforts are on for the consolidation of Left, democratic and secular forces in the country.

He was interacting with the media at the government guest house here before leaving for Kottayam to attend a State convention of the party.

Mr. Deve Gowda said that regional parties would be brought together, as both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had always been exploiting regional parties for their benefit. Conventions would be held in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh towards this end, he said.

Asked about the performance of the BJP government in Karnataka, Mr. Deve Gowda said three Ministers had non-bailable warrants pending against them and that reflected the law and order situation in the State.

The former Prime Minister said he had only the information from the media about People's Democratic Party leader Abdul Nasir Maudany's involvement in the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts. But generally, minorities are being harassed under the BJP government. Despite repeated convictions, the Ram Sena continues to harass minority communities, he said.


Party secretary-general Danish Ali said that Janata Dal (Secular) Legislature Party leader and Transport Minister Jose Thettayil had been entrusted with the responsibility of presenting a resolution to the Assembly Speaker to disqualify those who had joined the faction led by M.P. Veerendrakumar [now Socialist Janata (Democratic)]. While Mr. Deve Gowda wished Mr. Veerendrakumar all the best for joining the United Democratic Front, Mr. Ali said that either Mr. Veerendrakumar and his followers should make the Congress pass a resolution that Jayaprakash Narayan was right in launching his movement (‘Sampoorna Kranti' or ‘Total Revolution' in the Seventies) or stop using images of Jayaprakash Narayan and Socialist icon Ram Manohar Lohia for propagating their ideologies.

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