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By Our Special Correspondent
For the first time in several years, Mr. Gowda and Mr. Yadav shared a dais at a public meeting in Bangalore on May 17, signalling a thaw in their relations that turned frosty after the 1999 split in the Janata Dal.
Commenting on the recent meeting and its impact on the move to bring the two factions together, Mr. Yadav told The Hindu here that the attempt sent a good signal that the two parties were willing to work to set aside their differences.
The immediate challenge before the Janata parivar to set its house in order was the Karnataka Assembly elections due next year.
The leaders realise that further cracks in the Janata parivar could only work to the advantage of ruling Congress, which they hoped to dislodge.
Already, the creation of the Akhil Bharatiya Janata Dal headed by S.R. Bommai, has added to the confusion.
The move, which had the backing of the senior leader, Ramakrishna Hegde, has not been appreciated by the other two Janata factions.
Pressure from the ranks on either side to work in tandem has also been a factor responsible for the change in the strategy, as is the realisation that a combined Janata Dal would be a potent force to take on the Congress in the State. Apparently, between them, Mr. Yadav and Mr. Gowda have arrived at some sort of understanding. The JD(S) has been insisting that the JD(U) break free of the NDA alliance, led by the BJP at the Centre, before the two could decide to do business. Yet, the rider had not prevented the two parties from working together in the past.
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