JD(S) to function as constructive opposition: Datta

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Bangalore, May 27 (UNI) Bowing to its punctured mandate in Karnataka the Janata Dal(S) today said it will function as an effective opposition to win back the confidence of the people.

Addressing newspersons here today after a meeting of the newly elected legislators, party spokesperson Y S V Datta said the meeting which reviewed the party performance had rejected the resignation offer of State Party Chief Mirajuddin Patel, who himself was defeated in Humnabad. "Defeat of the party can not be attributed to any individual as elections were fought collectively" the meeting felt, he said.

Mr Datta said barring two of the 28 elected legislators, others attended the meeting. Party national president and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, state party chief Merajuddin Patel and working president C Narayanaswamy and former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy were also present.

Accusing that Congress party should be blamed for reactionary forces coming to power the JD(S) leader charged that both the national parties worked hard to 'finish' JD(S) however they have failed in their mission.

Stating that only JD(S) went before the people seeking support on positive issues such as women and rural empowerement and ensuring better infrastructure facilities, both Congress and BJP embarked upon emotional issues such as betrayal, bad governance and stability.

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