JD(U) to focus on contest at strong pockets: Srivatsav

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Bangalore, Dec 19 (UNI) Janata Dal (United) in Karnataka was open to have electoral understanding with any other parties except Congress, party National General Secretary Shambhu Srivatsav said today.

Speaking to newspersons after addressing a convention of State JD(U) District Presidents, Office Bearers and prominent leaders of the party here, Mr Srivatsav said that "the party was receiving feelers from leaders of different parties including JD(S)".

Mr Srivatsav said that immediate focus would be to re-activate the party in the state and bring enthusiasm among the lakhs of party workers who opposed opportunistic politics and believe in practicing value based politics.

He said that the party would field its candidates only where it has strong bases in the coming assembly elections and was open to pre-poll alliance with any other parties except Congress.

Referring to Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Mr Srivatsav alleged that Congress party was adopting anti-poor policies and acquiring precious lands from the farmers forcibly only to hand it over to industrialists and multinational companies.

Stating that the formation of SEZ's across the country has resulted in loss of livelihood to crores of families, Mr Srivatsav said that Mr Nitish Kumar led Bihar government has not allowed any SEZ of retailing out-lets of multinational as well domestic corporates to come up in Bihar.

Mr Srivatsav said that the party in Karnataka would organise Divisional Conferences of party workers and it would be addressed by National President Sharad Yadav and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Replying to a question, Mr Srivatsav said that he would meet former JD(S) senior leader M P Prakash and invite him to join the party. "Several legislators of the dissolved Karnataka assembly have also expressed their desire to join JD(U)" he added.

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