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Some Congress leaders want State Govt. dismissed

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE, OCT. 23. The "apolitical" visit of Rahul Gandhi, Amethi MP, to the city has left a trail of bitterness in the State Congress following revelations that a few of the party leaders pleaded with him to "recommend" the dismissal of the Dharam Singh-led Government in the State. Some other leaders are said to have sought Mr. Gandhi's intervention for the replacement of the KPCC President, B. Janardhana Poojary.

Mr. Gandhi, son of the Congress President, Sonia Gandhi, met some of the leading IT industrialists and a select group of 35 Congress members during his visit.

What is of interest is that a businessman not connected with the party prepared the list of Congress leaders. He also sent out invitations to the party members to meet Mr. Gandhi at a city hotel.

President's rule

At the meeting, a party MP, another leader who is a new entrant to the party, and some others are said to have advocated the dismissal of the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) Government on the ground that the Chief Minister was relying too much on the coalition partner and going by the dictates of its leaders.

The Centre should impose President's rule in the State was their demand.

Another demand placed before Mr. Gandhi was that a prominent leader should replace Mr. Poojary as the former enjoyed the support of all sections of the party.

According to sources, only those invited to the meeting were allowed to meet Mr. Gandhi and not others. It is said that former Ministers D.K. Shivakumar and Nafees Fazal were not allowed to meet Mr. Gandhi by his security guards on the ground that they were not among the invited people.

Criticism

The leaders of the IT industry, who have been complaining of poor infrastructure in the State capital, have also come in for criticism in party circles.

They are being criticised for unwittingly getting entangled in the internal affairs of the Congress.

Some of the party leaders are heard asking the IT industry whether the infrastructure was better when the previous government or the Janata Dal was in power in the State?

If the infrastructure provided by the S.M. Krishna Government deteriorated within five months, it could not be of good quality.

The coalition Government could not be blamed for the poor quality of infrastructure or the lack of it as it was in power for hardly five months.

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