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Gowda?s ouster deepens JD-S divide

JD(S) Secretary General Ali declares the national executive and national council meetings as illegal, reports Satyen Mohapatra.

india Updated: Dec 23, 2006 22:51 IST
Satyen Mohapatra
Satyen Mohapatra

The Janata Dal fractions it seems are falling apart. The decision by the anti Gowda executive committee to suspend Gowda from the primary membership of the party for six years was ratified by the national council in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday, deepening the divide.

JD(S) Secretary General Danish Ali in the capital declared the national executive and national council meetings as "illegal and unconstitutional".

The executive committee meeting called by the anti Deve Gowda camp in Thiruvananthapuram removed Gowda from the party president's post and appointed Surendra Mohan as the new president on Friday. It also dissolved the Karnataka unit.

Addressing a Press conference Ali said, a decision would be taken regarding disciplinary action against those members who are indulging in anti party activities in the meeting of JD(S) national executive and state presidents scheduled for December 25.

He said the party constitution allows only the president or the secretary general to call for an executive committee meeting.

He countered JD(S) national executive member Veerendra Kumar's claim that Deve Gowda had sacrificed the party's policy of secularism and alleged it was "personal vendetta" behind Veerendra Kumar's statement.

Ali said that Gowda has always done his best to save the party from the "evil designs" of Congress to destabilise the party.

JD(S) always maintains equidistance from BJP and Congress during elections, he said. Those who went with Siddaramaiah did a mistake in joining him because he had joined the Congress, he added.

Those leaders who are doing this today for them it is just a "stop over " they will soon follow suit and do what Siddaramaiah did" Ali said.

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First Published: Dec 23, 2006 17:54 IST