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Kumaraswamy and 40 other Karnataka MLAs 'still suspended'

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Mar 22 (UNI) Rebutting charges that the the Janata Dal (Secular) had recognised the 41-member strong rebel group led by Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, the party today maintained that the status of the group still was that of 'suspended MLAs' in the state assembly.

J D (S) Secretary General and Spokesman K Danish Ali told newspersons that the statement of Kerala JD(S) president M P Veerendra Kumar seeking JD(S) president H D Deve Gowda to quit the office for recognising the Kumaraswamy group was based on misinformation and hence ''unfortunate''. ''Mr Swamy has been made the JD (S) Legislature Party Leader by the state Assembly Speaker recognising his numerical strength.'' ''As far as the party is concerned, state JD(S) president M P Prakash is the Chairperson of JD(S) Legislature Party. All the 58 MLAs, including the group owing allegiance to former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, are suspended MLAs and there was only one exepelled MLA -- Mr Vyjanath Patil. The issue is pending before the Disciplinary Action Committee headed by Mr V K Aggarwal, who is currently on a tour abroad,'' he said.

Mr M W Siddiqui and Mr Javare Gowda are the other members of the Committee.

To a question if there was any discussion within the JD (S), Mr Ali said Mr Gowda did discuss with him and JD (S) vice president Bapu Kaldate the issue of appointment of Mr Prakash.

The JD (S), he said, only hoped ''good sense'' will prevail upon Mr Veerendra Kumar. Asked if the party would be taking action against Mr Kumar for issuing a statement against him, Mr Ali said Mr Kumar was the president of Kerala Unit of the JD (S).

Mr Kumar was sorting out the issue with the Left and Democratic Front leadership in Kerala on the number of seats to be contested by the party in the forthcoming Assembly elections. The party was allotted a dozen seats last time and all the three sitting MLAs had won their seats and the indications this time is that the party was offered only six or seven seats, he added.

Mr Ali regretted the Left Front ignoring JD (S) claims in West Bengal by not alloting any seat there as against two seats last time. The JD (S) Dalit MP in Mahale had lost because of CPI-M non-cooperative attitude in Maharashtra by a narrow 3,500 margin. UNI MCN RL PC1839

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