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Deve Gowda asks BJP to exercise restraint

Special Correspondent

`Differences should be sorted out through talks'


  • Rushing to the Press is not good for the coalition
  • `Misinterpretation' is said to have caused the rift
  • Contents of Deve Gowda's letter leaked to the Press

    BANGALORE: The former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) president H.D. Deve Gowda, who has been playing the role of a referee vis--vis the coalition Government, on Thursday received the BJP State unit President D.V. Sadananda Gowda and Revenue Minister Jagadish Shettar. He is said to have advised the BJP leaders against going to the media with regard to matters concerning the relations between the two coalition partners.

    The meeting of the BJP leaders with Mr. Deve Gowda was reportedly aimed at easing tension, which had built up between the two coalition partners over the last few days.

    Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa called on Mr. Deve Gowda on Monday prior to his departure to Germany. Both the meetings were shrouded in secrecy.

    Sources in the Janata Dal (Secular) told The Hindu here on Thursday that the new Government had been saved thanks to Mr. Deve Gowda who helped in resolving the differences. It is said that besides the communication gap, the differences were on account of "misinterpretation" which resulted in the recent exchanges between Mr. Sadananda Gowda and Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.

    Letter leaked

    What annoyed the Janata Dal (S) leaders most was that contents of a letter written by Mr. Deve Gowda to Mr. Sadananda Gowda had been leaked to the press at the BJP's end. Mr. Sadananda Gowda himself had leaked contents of the letter written to him by Mr. Deve Gowda in the context of the Bharat Suraksha Yatra. Mr. Deve Gowda had stressed the need to maintain communal harmony.

    At Thursday's meeting, Mr. Deve Gowda is said to have decried the manner in which the communication between the two parties was aired through the media. For a healthy relationship between the two parties, it should be ensured that all discussions were held at the coordination committee meetings.

    Meanwhile, about extending reservation to the private sector, the Janata Dal (Secular) has said that Mr. Deve Gowda had been a strong advocate of the same contrary to the impression created by some of the All India Progressive Janata Dal leaders at their convention.

    The party spokesman and general secretary Y.S.V. Datta said that the AIPJD leaders were attempting to create an impression that Mr. Deve Gowda was against social justice and reservation in the private sector.

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