Congress launches 'peoples agitation' in Karantaka

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Bangalore, Nov 5 (UNI) Terming the rejoining of BJP and JD(S) in Karnataka as an opportunistic alliance, Congress today urged Governor Rameshwar Thakur to recommend dissolution of the Legislative Assembly.

Launching a tirade against the two parties, which had staked claim to form new government for the second time after parting ways, KPCC President Mallikarjuna Kharge said that Congress would seek a fresh mandate and challenged other parties to follow suit.

Severely criticising both JD(S) and the BJP for indulging in mudslinging, after the collapse of their coalition government last month had now joined hands again to form government only due to hunger for power and Governor should not succumb to the pressure tactics being adopted by the two parties, he said.

Calling upon the party workers to remain united and work hard to strengthen the party organisation, Mr Kharge said that only Congress could give protection to all sections of the society including Minorities, dalits, poor and oppressed classes.

Claiming that in the recently concluded elections to the Urban bodies elections in the state party had secured highest number of seats he exhorted the party workers to prepare to face mid-term elections.

Mr Kharge also announced that the agitation, which was launched today would be launched the district and taluk level as well.

Denying that Congress never tried to break JD(S) as claimed by former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, the KPCC president declared that party in Karnataka wanted to face elections and form government on its own.

Former Chief Minsiter and Opposition leader in the Karantaka Assembly Dharam Singh has accused that all developmental works in the state have suffered badly while the previous JD(S)-led coalition government had totally failed in implementing flood and drought relief works. "JD(S) which had dubbed B S Yeddyurappa most in-efficient Finance minister of Karnataka was now ready to accept him as the Chief Minister," Mr Singh ridiculed.

Former minister D K Shivakumar in his address took serious exception about the alleged remark made by BJP leader Ananth Kumar against Congress president Smt Sonia Gandhi and MP Rahul Gandhi. He also incited party workers not to take lightly the remark made by BJP leader and teach him a lesson.

Union Ministers from Karantaka K H Muniyappa, M V Rajashekharan, former Karantaka Deputy Chief Minister Sidharamaiah, Deputy Chairman in Rajya Sabha K Rehman Khan, Lok Sabha member Ambareesh were among those who have addressed the rally.


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