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MLAs also see red

By Our Staff Correspondent

TUMKUR, JUNE 27. The statement of D. Manjunath, Minister for Higher Education, on Tumkur University may cast a shadow on the Rajya Sabha elections scheduled for Monday if the stand of 13 MLAs from Tumkur district is any indication.

H. Ningappa, Janata Dal (Secular) leader and MLA for Kunigal, told presspersons, here on Sunday that the party had eight MLAs from the district. They would go in a delegation to the Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, on Monday, before the polling and lodge a protest against Mr. Manjunath's remarks. Mr. Ningappa dropped short of suggesting that the eight MLAs would make it a pre-condition that the Government drop the move (to wind up the varsity) for them to cast their votes. S.R. Srinivas, MLA for Gubbi, who won the seat as a Janata Dal (Secular) rebel candidate, has supported the view. The two BJP MLAs, S. Shivanna (Tumkur) and K.S. Kirankumar (Kallambella), have written to Mr. Manjunath protesting against his reported remarks about the university. Mr. Shivanna said his party would not keep quiet if justice was done to the district.

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