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Byre Gowda's son springs a surprise

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE, FEB. 18. The most surprising aspect of the defection of 11 AIPJD MLAs to the Congress is that of the member from Vemgal in Kolar district, Krishna Byre Gowda.

Son of the former AIPJD State unit President, C. Byre Gowda, the young U.S.-educated member was elected to the Legislative Assembly in a byelection held less than five months ago, on September 26, 2003. He had won a hard fought election against a powerful Congress rival. Today, he has joined the party of his rival. He was always impressive when he spoke in the Assembly in the just ended session. Most of those who have joined the Congress today are former Congressmen, and it is a "homecoming" for them. However, the former Chairman of the Legislative Council, B.L. Shankar, had been ranged against the Congress till recent times. He had taken part in the JP Movement and was a close confidant of the former Prime Minister, H.D. Deve Gowda. Mr. Gowda was known to have played a key role in his unanimous election as Chairman of the Council. Mr. Shankar had remained neutral after the Janata Dal split.

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