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K'taka JD(S) favours issuing whip for RS elections

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Bangalore, Mar 21 (UNI) Newly-appointed Janata Dal (Secular) Karnataka unit President M P Prakash today favoured issuing a whip to party Legislators for voting in the biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka.

Addressing newspersons here, he said that while Mr M Rajashekhara Murthy was its official candidate, the party had decided to transfer its surplus votes to industrialist Rajeev Chandrashekhar (Ind), also supported by alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party.

Justifying the party's decision to back Mr Chandrashekhar, Mr Prakash pointed out that fielding an outsider for Rajya Sabha polls was not new to the State. His party was not in a position to support eminent litterateur U R Ananthamurthy, contesting as an independent with the support of All India Progressive Janata Dal of former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. Dr Ananthamurthy had refused to accept the party ticket for the Shimoga Lok Sabha seat during the last general elections unless he was supported by the Congress, he recalled.

Strongly defending Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy's decision to join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party, he noted that leaders like Ram Manohar Lohia and Jayaprakash Narayan had strived for mobilising anti-Congress forces. In the present scenario, no party could boast of being secular and standing for value-based politics.

The Left parties, particularly the CPI(M), had taken the support of Muslim League in Kerala to fight against the Congress.

On whether he would favour revocation of the suspension of Mr Kumaraswamy and 39 other Legislators from the party for their anti-party activities, he said the disciplinary committee, to which the issue had been referred, would take a decision on the issue.

UNI MV GD RKN1525

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