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Janata Dal (U) to go it alone in polls

By our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE, DEC. 12. The Janata Dal (United), which was an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, has decided to go it alone in the coming panchayat elections. The President of the State unit of the party, B. Somashekhar, made this announcement on Saturday at a seminar in memory of the former Chief Minister J.H. Patel organised by Manthana Vichara Vedike to mark his third death anniversary.

Mr. Somashekar said that in the past few months after elections, the Janata Dal (U) has been consolidating itself and is confident that the verdict in the elections to the local bodies in February will be in favour of the party. That will be in spite of the fact that many leaders have made several attempts to destabilise the party and weaken its leadership. The party rank and file are committed to garnering the support of the people at the grassroots level, he added.

It is unfortunate, however, that many prominent party leaders were defeated in the Assembly elections six months ago, despite having worked assiduously and sincerely to get the mandate of the people. The people must reject politicians who indulge in party-hopping merely to remain in office, Mr. Somashekhar said. "The present Government has become a hotbed of corruption, and proof of this is in the fact that the Lokayukta's orders to take action against officials found taking bribes are being ignored, and the cases closed without penalising the guilty," he said.

Recalling the many endearing and inspiring qualities of J.H. Patel, Mr. Somashekhar said he had introduced many revolutionary and forward-looking reforms and the State have much to remember him for. The Seabird project, computerisation of land records, the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor were all his dreams that took flight in his time.

M.P. Nadagouda, MLC, said J.H. Patel would have been disappointed to see the erosion of ethics and values in politics today.

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