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Congress not indulging in removing JD(S)-BJP Govt.: Dharam Singh

Written by: Staff

Bangalore, Oct 26 (UNI) Oppositon leader in the Karnataka legislative Assembly N Dharam Singh today said. Congress was not indulging in toppling the Janata Dal (Secular) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition government in the state.

''The Coalition government due to infighting would fall on its own soon and there is no need for the Congress to indulge in toppling the government,'' Mr Singh said at a 'Meet the Press' organised by Bangalore Press Club here.

Claiming that the dissident legislators of both BJP and JD(S) were eager to join Congress, Mr Singh said, ''Congress is not in favour of utilising the opportunity to topple the government.'' Mr Singh alleged that due to internal squabbles among the coalition partners the law and order situation in the state had worsened, administration had collapsed and all development activities had come to a grinding halt.

Accusing Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy of misusing official machinery to woo the voters in the Chamundeshwari Assembly constituency where by-elections are due to be held shortly, Mr Singh said that former JD(S) leader Sidharamaiah after joining the Congress had quit his Assembly seat and to prevent his victory the JD(S) was indulging in all kind of tricks to win over the voters. ''Despite JD(S) leaders gimmicks and strategies the people of Chamundeshwari assembly would overwhelmingly support Sidharamaiah and would teach a lesson to the coalition government,'' he added.

Refuting the claim of Mr Kumaraswamy that the state government had disbursed loans to the farming community at the lowest rate of interest of four per cent, Mr Singh demanded the government to publish a 'White Paper' on the issue to know the truth.

Replying to a question, Mr Singh said JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda was not serious in conferring 'Inner Reservation' to the most backward communities among the OBC's and was only pulling a political stunt.

''First let the state government constitute a permanent Backward Class Commission which was done away by the JD(S)-BJP government after coming to power in the State.'' UNI MV MSP PR RN1528

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