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By Our Special Correspondent
Mr. Khandre and his sons, Vijayakumar, former MLA, and Ishwar, were expelled for a period of six years for working against the party candidate from the Bidar local authorities constituency and Minister of State for Power, Basavaraj Patil Humnabad.
In a statement issued here, Mr. Khandre, who is also the President of the Akhila Bharata Veerashaiva Mahasabha, blamed vested interests for the expulsions. However, he refrained from saying anything against the PCC President.
A former Vice-President of the KPCC, Mr. Khandre said that for the past several months he was in Bangalore to get funds for the Mahatma Gandhi Sahakari Sakkare Kharkane in Bidar District released by the Government. His sons were looking after the problems of farmers in Bidar District and coordinating the work relating to the sugar mill. Only on Friday, he was able to secure the release of a sum of Rs. 1.25 crore from the Government for the mill. Though the National Cooperative Development Council in New Delhi had sanctioned the amount, it was lying with the Government for the past month and a half. But for his efforts in that regard, the sugar mill would have been closed down by now, harming the interests of sugarcane growers.
Mr. Khandre, who was a member of the Veerappa Moily Cabinet, said that only members of his family and he knew of the trauma undergone in establishing the sugar mill. One of his sons, Mr. Ishwar Khandre, who was the chairman of the sugar mill, had faced difficulties created by their adversaries in the Government.
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