'like minded JD(S) legislators' meeting begins

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Bangalore, Nov 28 (UNI) The meeting of the 'like minded' legislators of Janata Dal (Secular) called by former Home Minister M P Prakash in the wake of political upheaval in Karnataka began here this evening even as the party is heading for an imminent split following its decision not to support toe BJP led government toppled a week after it was sworn in.

Spearheaded by Mr Prakash, who had vehemently criticised the manner in which the JD(S) was being run by Former Prime Minister H D Devegowda and his son, former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, these like-minded JD(S) legislators would decide on the future course of action with both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party eagerly waiting for the outcome.

In a run up to the meeting, Mr Prakash who had been touring some parts of the State after the BJP Government fell, had been vociferously criticising the functioning of Mr Devegowda and Kumaraswamy.

As many as 30 of the 58 JD(S) legislators were expected to attend today's meeting.

In a surprising turn of events, former Minister N Cheluvarayaswamy, H C Balakrishna Mrs Vijayalakshmi Bandisiddegowda and Suryanarayana Reddy, known to be supporters of Mr Kumaraswamy attended the meeting.

In an attempt to prevent the meeting, held a day before the JD(S) executive scheduled for tomorrow, Mr Devegowda met Mr Prakash last night at the latter's residence.

Mr Prakash also held a meeting with Mr Surender Mohan and Mr M P Veerendrakumar leaders of JD(S) faction which opposed Mr Devegowda, here this afternoon.

UNI

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