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JD(S) criticises Vaijnath Patil for allegations against Deve Gowda

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE, DEC. 22. The Janata Dal (Secular) leadership on Wednesday criticised the party MLA and former Minister, Vaijnath Patil, for levelling allegations against the party President, H.D. Deve Gowda, and the Working President, H.D. Kumaraswamy.

The party General Secretary and spokesperson, Y.S.V. Datta, claimed that the MLA from Chincholi owed much to Mr. Deve Gowda for his rise in politics. Though taken aback by the statements of Mr. Vaijnath Patil made at Gulbarga, Mr. Datta said they were on expected lines. He was known for such behaviour and had only repeated what he had been stating over the years. "His actions are apparently born out of frustration," he said.

Mr. Vaijnath Patil could not be accommodated in the Ministry as there were several other senior legislators such as the former Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Council, B.R. Patil, and the former Minister, Sharanabasappa Darshanapur, hailing from the same district, he said. It was the decision of the senior party leaders to keep out all legislators from Gulbarga from the Ministry in the interest of unity in the party. The view was that accommodating one legislator in the Ministry would create heartburn among the others, Mr. Datta added.

Mr. Datta has, in a letter to Mr. Vaijnath Patil, said he should refrain from making statements to the media and instead use the party platform to air his grievances. He said the Janata Dal(S) had not shut the doors on him. There were several senior leaders who could not be accommodated in the Ministry on account of the ceiling and further it was a two-party coalition Government, he has said in the letter.

Action

To whether there was any move to take disciplinary action against Mr. Vaijnath Patil, Mr. Datta said it was left to the senior leaders to decide on the matter. While Mr. Vaijnath Patil had enjoyed various positions, including a Ministerial post, there were many party workers who were struggling to get ticket to fight the elections or even become a member or chairman of a board or a corporation. Even as Mr. Datta was talking to the media, Mr. Vaijnath Patil telephoned up and Mr. Datta invited him to Bangalore for talks with senior party leaders.

Mr. Datta said three-member teams of office-bearers (from among the 43 appointed recently) would visit the districts and supervise the membership enrolment drive.

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