Political parties get into poll mode in K'taka

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Bangalore, Nov 29 (UNI) The three main political parties in Karnataka -- Congress, BJP and JD(S) -- have swung into election mode by taking up programmes following the dissolution of the State Assembly.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) organised a one-day workshop today on the present political scenario in the state in the wake of the Presidential notification yesterday dissolving the Assembly.

KPCC president Mallikarjun Kharge, speaking at the workshop exhorted the party workers to gear up for the election to bring the party back to power on its own.

He called upon the workers to immediately get into election mode by taking up poll-related programmes at various levels in their respective constituencies to brighten the prospects of the Congress to come to power in the state.

The Congress also demanded a comprehensive inquiry into the 20 month rule of the JD(S)-BJP coalition government.

The BJP, disappointed over the fall of its first-ever government in the South within seven days in the wake of the JD(S) refusing to support it, had already launched the 'Dharma Yuddha' to ''expose the political betrayal by JD(S) chief and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, his son, former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and their party for pulling down the BJP government.

Former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and his team were currently touring parts of South Karnataka, regarded as the heartland of the JD(S) support base, campaigning against the JD(S) for its ''politics of opportunism.'' Not to lag behind, the JD(S) held a convention in the city today to give the party, a regional look. However, the party suffered a 'jolt' after many of its legislators, led by former Home Minister M P Prakash, revolted against Gowda's leadership and boycotted the meet.

UNI

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