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Deve Gowda criticises Union Government's economic policies

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Says JD(S) will not destabilise coalition Government in State


  • Deve Gowda re-elected President of Janata Dal (Secular)
  • Former Union Minister M. Rajashekara Murthy, some legislators join the party
  • 3,000 delegates from 10 States attend plenary session



    WARM WELCOME: Janata Dal (Secular) President H.D. Deve Gowda and other leaders welcoming M. Rajashekara Murthy (second from left) to the party in Bangalore on Sunday. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

    BANGALORE: The former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, who was on Sunday re-elected President of the Janata Dal (Secular), said that his party will not destabilise the coalition Government in the State.

    However, at the national level, the party differed with the United Progressive Alliance Government on some economic and foreign policies.

    At a largely attended public meeting, held after the first plenary session of the party, Mr. Gowda said his party believes in the "coalition dharma" and of like-minded parties coming together to run the government.

    A highlight of the meeting was the joining of the former Union Minister M. Rajashekara Murthy, who recently resigned his membership of the Rajya Sabha and quit the Bharatiya Janata Party to join the Janata Dal (Secular). Along with him, three legislators, Sunitha Veerappa Gowda (Bannur MLA of the BJP), Balraj (Kollegal MLA, Independent) and Arun Machaiah (MLC Independent) also joined the Janata Dal (Secular). The other notable leaders who crossed over included the former Belgaum MP, S.B. Sidnal, the former Dharwad North MP and founder of the Kannada Nadu party Vijay Sankeshwar and former BJP MLAs Bharati Shankar and H.C. Basavaraj. The list also included 15 other former legislators of the Congress and the BJP. Most of the BJP leaders who joined the Janata Dal (Secular) said that internal differences in the party prompted them to shift their allegiance to the Janata Dal (S).

    The plenary was attended by nearly 3,000 delegates from 10 States, including legislators from Kerala, Maharashtra and Delhi. The Deputy Speaker of the Delhi Legislative Assembly belongs to the Janata Dal (Secular).

    Economic policies

    Mr. Gowda said the economic reforms pursued by successive Union Governments, including the UPA, have proved to be detrimental to the interests of the farming community in particular and the rural people in general. "I had stated this 10 years ago and had sought a change. It is now proving to be true." The number of suicides by farmers has been on the increase. The situation needs correction. The gap between the haves and the have-nots has also been widening, he said.

    Mr. Rajashekara Murthy said he joined the Janata Dal (Secular) on his own and is neither an aspirant for chief ministership (in case the Janata Dal-Secular forming a government on its own) nor has he put forth any condition.

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