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BANGALORE: Congress leaders from Tumkur district have placed the Government in a dicey situation by demanding that it should file an affidavit with regard to a writ petition before the High Court of Karnataka rejecting Friday's election to the presidentship of the Tumkur District Milk Union in which a Janata Dal (Secular) member was elected.
Meeting at the residence of the party MP from Chickballapur R.L. Jalappa, the Tumkur leaders said that unless the Government fulfils their demand, they would not withdraw their resignation from the primary membership of the party. They demanded that the Government should take the stand in the High Court that the earlier election to the presidentship of the milk union held on September 29 is valid. In that election the Congress candidate Shivananjappa was re-elected. But the Cooperation Department did not ratify the election and ordered re-election.
It has been the contention of the rebellious Congress leaders of the district that in the election held on Friday, the Janata Dal (S) candidate Krishna Kumar won thanks to the nomination of three Janata Dal (S) members to the union and the instruction issued to four official members to vote for that person.
They have been blaming the Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh for bowing to the dictates of the Janata Dal (S) leaders and manipulating the election to help that party.
The district Congress leaders have been complaining about Janata Dal (S) interference in the administration in the district.In recent months, 45 officers were transferred at the bidding of the Janata Dal (S) leaders, thepy said.Those who attended today's meeting included G.S. Basavaraju, former MP, Muddahanume Gowda, V.S. Ugrappa MLC, G. Parameshwara, MLA, T.B. Jayachandra former Minister, and Narayana.
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