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MLA to quit over Thippanna's selection

By Our Staff Correspondent

BELLARY, AUG. 12. N. Suryanarayan Reddy, Kurgodu MLA, has decided to tender his resignation from the primary membership of the Janata Dal (S) in protest against the appointment of N. Thippanna as President of the State unit of the Janata Dal (Secular). He has said he will give up his membership of the Legislative Assembly.

Announcing his decision at a press conference here today, Mr. Reddy said that he had sent his resignation letter to the the Janata Dal (S) President and former Prime Minister, H.D. Deve Gowda, and copies to leaders including Siddaramaiah, Deputy Chief Minister, and M.P. Prakash, Minister for Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs.

`Wrong decision'

Mr. Reddy said that he was unhappy with the appointment of Mr. Thippanna as the party President. Mr. Thippanna, he alleged, had worked against him and against the party in the recent elections. "It is my personal decision. I cannot work under a person who has worked against me and also against the party in the last elections. I am deeply pained by the decision of the party High Command and feel that resigning from the party and also as MLA is the best way to express my displeasure,'' he said.

Mr. Reddy won from the Kurgodu constituency on the Janata Dal (S) ticket in the April 2004 elections. He defeated Allum Veerbhadrappa, who had three terms as an MLA.

To a question, Mr. Reddy said that he had not taken the decision in haste and there was no question of reconsidering it.

On whether he would forward his resignation letter to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Krishna, he would meet him and submit his resignation as legislator. He would apologise to the people of his constituency for the decision.

Bheemaneni Kondaiah, Janata Dal (S) leader and former MLA, said the party High Command should have ascertained the opinion of the party leaders before deciding to appoint Mr. Thippanna to the top post.

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