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Sever links with BJP, Kumaraswamy urged

Special Correspondent

Bangalore: Janata Dal (S) leader P.G.R. Sindhia has called upon Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to dissociate himself from the BJP in Karnataka and help in retaining the unity of his party.

Mr. Sindhia along with the JD (S) MP for Kozhikode M.P. Veerendra Kumar and several of its national leaders have called a national council meeting of the party in Thiruvananthapuram on December 22 and 23.

In all likelihood, this group would decide on whether to suspend or expel party president and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda.

Deve Gowda invited

Mr. Deve Gowda has also been extended an invitation to attend the national council meeting. However, no invitation has been extended to Mr. Kumaraswamy and the 39 other party legislators who were suspended along with him after they entered into an alliance with the BJP.

Mr. Sindhia categorically stated that he would not join the Congress or any other political party and that he would stay put in the JD (S) and work for strengthening it.

He said that should there be any challenge to his move relating to organising the national council meeting or taking any action against any leader, then the matter would be taken to the Election Commission and the courts.

Seventeen State presidents of JD (S) apart from the legislators in Kerala and New Delhi have confirmed their participation at the national council meet, he said.

Notice

The former Minister said Speaker Krishna had served him a notice on Monday based on a petition by Muniswamappa, a suspended legislator of the JD (S).

"I will reply to the Speaker within the stipulated seven days. It is under duress that the notice as per the provisions of the anti-defection law has been served".

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