30 JD(S) legislators to attend rebels' meet tomorrow

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Bangalore, Nov 27 (UNI) Nearly 30 Janata Dal (Secular) legislators, disillusioned with the style of functioning of party supremo H D Deve Gowda are likely to participate in a meeting convened by former home minister M P Prakash tomorrow to decide the future course of action.

Talking to newspersons here, Mr Prakash defended the need for such a meeting to be held on the eve of the Executive Committee of the JD(S) here on November 29.

Criticising Mr Gowda and former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy for running the party affairs in a 'dictatorial' manner, Mr Prakash said those who attend tomorrow's meeting would keep away from Thursday's meeting.

He claimed that like-minded legislators have expressed resentment over the manner in which the party had handled the power transfer issue and the subsequent withdrawal of support to the Yeddyurappa government.

Stating that certain decisions taken unilaterally by the two leaders had tarnished the image of the JD(S) in Karnataka, he said his group would discuss all revelant matters in tomorrow's meeting.

Denying that convening a 'parallel' meeting would amount to split in State JD(S), he said he still believed in the leadership of Mr Deve Gowda. ''I will not do anything that will result in break of the party,'' he added.

Replying to question, he said 'like-minded leaders' had also planned to hold a convention at Hubli next month.

Terming political parties inviting the JD(S) legislators to join their parties as 'nothing unusual,' Mr Prakash said the National Congress Party (NCP), Samajawadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and JD(U) leaders had contacted them.

''I have not promised anything to those parties that had sent feelers to join their parties'' he said.

Reacting to the parallel meeting, Mr Deve Gowda said he was not bothered by such actions.

''Those who want to leave the party can go,'' Mr Gowda commented.


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