Kumaraswamy assumes charge as new State JD(S) president

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Bangalore, Nov 10 (UNI) Former Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, who took over as the new state Janata Dal (Secular) president today, vowed to bring the party back to the days of glory.

Speaking to mediapersons after formerly assuming as the new party chief of Karnataka JD(S) unit, he appealed to party workers to extend their whole-hearted support to rebuild the party as a true alternative to two principal political parties, BJP and Congress in the state.

''In my 20 month's tenure as head of the state, I toured the length and breadth of the state and tried to address the grievances of the people'' Mr Kumaraswamy said and added that he was assuming the office of the state JD(S) at a time when the party was being treated lightly by both Congress and the BJP.

Referring to the criticism of BJP and Congress that JD(S) was a party of 'Father and Son,' Mr Kumaraswamy said the party believes in principles and values and he would strive hard to make it much more stronger than Congress and BJP in Karnataka.

Promising that he would make the party stronger than Congress and BJP in Karnataka, Mr Kumaraswamy said he would build the party in order to secure more number of seats both in the coming byelections to Assembly and also to Lok Sabha.

''JD(S) in Karnataka lives in the heart of lakhs and lakhs of party workers,'' he said.

He announced that JD(S) will organise a party workers convention on November 17 in the city in which cadres from all parts of the state would participate.

''The convention was planned not to showcase their strength but to activate the party workers who were sitting in their homes due to short-term set-back the party received in the May Assembly elections'' he said.

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