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Janata Dal (U) promises tax reforms, powers to Lokayukta

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE, APRIL 12. The Janata Dal (United), which has entered into an electoral understanding with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has assured the people of the State that it will work for a clean and transparent administration and eradicate corruption. The party manifesto was released here today by its State unit President, B. Somashekar. An agricultural development wing and the Farmers' Forum for Development to serve as a think-tank for the party, was also launched on the occasion.

Mr. Somashekar said the Janata Dal (U), which had fielded 25 candidates for the Assembly elections and four for the Lok Sabha, was confident that at least 15 of the party candidates would win. In association with the BJP, the party was confident of forming the Government in the State and would also ensure the implementation of the manifesto. The focus would be on serving the farmers apart from working for the poor and the downtrodden people.

He said that even while selecting candidates for the elections, the Janata Dal (U) had done its best to ensure social justice. It was the only party that had provided the maximum number of seats in proportion to the seats it was contesting to the minorities, women, and members of Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.

Mr. Somashekar said the Janata Dal (U) was in favour of giving more powers to the Lokayukta, including suo moto powers to investigate and launch prosecution. It would also bring in tax reforms, particularly aimed at simplifying the tax structure.

Among the senior leaders of the party present were the Secretary General, M.P. Nadagouda, and B. Shreepathy Rao, Michael Fernandes, and John Coutinha, general secretaries.

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