No groups have staked to form K'taka govt: Governor

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New Delhi, Oct 24: Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur today indicated that he was not averse to hand over power to an elected political group was ready to provide an alternative government, adding that so far no political group had come forward with any proposal in writing.

Interacting with newspersons here, Mr Thakur, who is running the state administration eversince the state was brought under President's Rule on October 9 this month, said the Assembly had been kept under ''Suspended Animation'' by the Centre and it was for the political groups and not him to take the initiative in this regard.

Asked about the 'behind the scene' activities between the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Congress, he said, ''there have been media reports to this effect but none have come forward before me.'' He said after he took over the administration he had told the officials that they should clear the day's work on the same day.

It could linger on to the next day only if consultations were needed. Such being the case, the elected government could be in place till the dissolution of Assembly was approved by the Parliament, he added.

Mr Thakur said he had met President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Ministers Shivraj Patil and Sharad Pawar during his stay here yesterday and today to discuss the problems concerning the state.

Asked if he would be getting his team of Advisers , the Governor replied that the process of appointing three to four of them was in an advanced stage and a communication to this effect was expected shortly.

Mr Thakur said his priority in the state was to ensure that developmental works were implemented without any hindrance and the people, especially the poor and the downtrodden, have a feel of peace and societal progress. The state is known for its culture, economic progress and peaceful co-existance and its fair record should be maintained, he added.

He said If peace and harmony exists, it is as good as half job done adding that he was happy that important religious events like Id and Dassara had passed out without any untoward incidents.

Similarly, in the Datta Peetha controversy, he would ensure that status-quo is maintained scrupulously.

He had started Janata Darshans thrice a week where people could meet him without appointments for the redressal of their grievances.

He would be monitoring the progress on a week-to-week basis and their applications and memorandums and effort was to get the work done or give them an official reply.

The Governor, who has had his brush with journalism having to chair the National Herald group of publications, said he understood the pleasures and pains of newspapermen and he would allow them to function as they should. ''They can be critical but news should be truthful'', he remarked.

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