JD(S) rebel leader say 'no' to new party

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Bangalore, Dec 2 (UNI) Janata Dal(S) rebel leader M P Prakash today ruled out possibilities of forming a new political party in Karnataka.

Speaking to newspersons here, Mr Prakash said the JD(S) leaders who stayed away from the party state Executive meeting convened by party supremo H D Deve Gowda on November 29, would decide the future course of action next week.

The 'like-minded leaders' in the party would meet again and work out strategies. Disgruntled party workers would convene meetings at different places before finalising their stand.

Defending their decision to boycott the State Party Executive meeting, the former Home Minister said, ''a public meeting was held in the name of the state Party Executive meeting. Our apprehension about the meeting came true.'' As many as 20 JD(S) legislators under the leadership of M P Prakash, had boycotted the meeting to protest the ''dictatorial attitude'' of Mr Gowda and his son H D Kumaraswamy.

The rebel leaders had held a parallel meeting on November 28 in which many leaders, including former ministers Alangur Srinivas, Chuluvaraya Swamy and many legislators participated.

After the fall of the BJP-JD(S) coalition government on November 19, the JD (S) was heading for a split with rebel leaders sticking to their stand of opposing the party leadership.


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