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AIPJD to look out for alliances

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE, JAN. 25. The All-India Progressive Janata Dal (AIPJD) Legislature Party has decided to focus on strengthening the organisation and look out for seat adjustments and electoral alliances with likeminded parties.

This was decided at the legislature party meeting here on Saturday which was presided over by B. Somashekar, leader of the party in the Legislative Assembly.

K.N. Nage Gowda, President of the State unit of the party, attended the meeting. A.B. Patil, Umesh Katti, K.B. Mallikarjun, Chandrappa, Basavaraj Horatti, M.P. Nadagouda, Krishna Byre Gowda, and other legislators were present.

Mr. Somashekar told that following reports that the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party were "attempting to lure the legislators from the party," it was resolved that they would stay together and work at consolidating the party.

"We have the legacy of late Ramakrishna Hedge and J.H. Patel, and we are confident of facing the coming elections. Any major decision pertaining to seat adjustments and alliances would be arrived at the party meeting scheduled for January 30."

The meeting did not discuss the issue of merger with the Janata Party, but it looked into the doubts raised over the validity of the symbol and the registration of the Janata Party with the Election Commission. It was also decided to ask a senior leader of the party to obtain the details of the matter from the commission.

Referring to the Supreme Court notice on the alleged irregularities committed by H.N. Ananth Kumar, President of the State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party, during his stint as the Union Minister for Urban Development, Mr. Somashekar said he should resign from the post of president of that party immediately and should take up any party post only after being cleared of the charges. "The State Government authorities are also involved in the scam. They have obtained loans from Housing and Urban Development Corporation at high rates of interest, while loans were easily available at lower rates from nationalised banks. It is sad that the State Government indulged in such acts in the implementation of welfare schemes such as those for constructing houses for the poor, and infrastructure projects."

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