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Karnataka polls: JDS finally takes net to catch voters

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    Bangalore, Feb 9: Humble farmer and former prime minister H D Devegowda, whose overt dislike for urban dwellers and IT industry is well known, has finally been forced to acknowledge the importance of information technology and prepare for the state elections in May. On Saturday his party Janata Dal (Secular) launched a website (http://www.jds.ind.in) and also made an entry into social networking sites Facebook, Youtube and Twitter.

    To dispel the notion that the JDS was anti-urban, Deve Gowda's son and party leader H D Kumaraswamy admitted on Saturday that the new initiative from the party would go as long way in clarifying party's stand on urban Karnataka including Bangalore.

    H D Kumaraswamy

    He claimed that "we had been branded as the party without a vision for Bangalore. The party had contributed immensely for the growth of IT industry in the state. The foundation for the growth of IT industry in Bangalore was laid by my father H D Devegowda when he was the CM of the state. Everything will be communicated to the urban voter."

    The former chief minister also claimed that the elevate corridor project to Madivala to Electronic City in Bangalore was sanctioned by him.

    Darshan Devegowda, the person behind the IT idea said that the party had reached out as many as 2,000 software engineers and by Sunday the party will be on social networking sites such as facebook, twitter and you tube.

    "We will go global with the help of social networking sites and we will reach out to 30 to 50 lakh people across the world," he
    said.

    Adding glamour to the JDS initiative actress turned politician Malavika said the information technology has become part of life in these days. "People prefer googling about things rather than going to places to get information."

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