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Board chairmen must quit, says JD(S)

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE, DEC. 4. Office-bearers of the State unit of the Janata Dal (Secular) have demanded that the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, immediately seek the resignation of the chairmen of all the boards and corporations appointed by the previous Government.

The first meeting of the new office-bearers of the JD(S) was held here today to discuss ways of strengthening the party. Among those who addressed the gathering were the president of the party's State unit, N. Thippanna, and the working president, H.D. Kumaraswamy. Other senior leaders present included C. Narasimhappa, Leeladevi R. Prasad, B.N. Bachche Gowda, Y.S.V. Datta and H.T. Krishnappa.

`Share equally'

Briefing presspersons after the meeting, Mr. Datta said the appointment of new chairmen to the boards and corporations should be synchronised with the Ministry expansion.

Further the two coalition partners should equally share the posts.

The senior leadership of the JD(S) was under pressure from legislators and senior party activists owing to the delay in the appointments to the boards and corporations. However, the JD(S) was happy that the Chief Minister had at last taken up the Ministry expansion exercise, he said.

Mr. Thippanna said the party office-bearers and Ministers should remember that the party was supreme and every effort should be made to strengthen it.

A coordination committee would shortly be constituted to ensure good rapport between those in the party organisation and those in the Government. The complaint of the party activists was that the Ministers from the party did not bother to attend to their grievances.

Additional list

Mr. Kumaraswamy said that an additional list of office-bearers would be announced within a week. Party activists from all regions of the State would be given representation.

It was also decided to send two office-bearers to each district and obtain a report from them on the status of the party organisation in the district and finalise a strategy to strengthen it. The office-bearers were asked to enlist new members in all the districts.

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