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Gowda unlikely to meet rebel MLAs

Rebel MLAs led by Gowda's son, appeared "disinclined" and the chances of the meeting are "feeble", party spokesman said.
By Press Trust of India | None, Bangalore
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2006 04:10 PM IST

The chances of JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda meeting rebel MLAs appeared slim and he is expected to make known his position on the fate of Dharam Singh government on Thursday afternoon, a party spokesman said.

Rebel MLAs led by Gowda's son, HD Kumaraswamy, appeared "disinclined" and the chances of the meeting are "feeble", party spokesman YSV Datta said.

Gowda left for Sringeri, a place of pilgrimage in Chikamagalur district, this morning and would return here in the afternoon, when he would hold a meeting with the district units chiefs on the next course of action, he said.

The JD(S) chief had asked the rebel MLAs on tour in Udupi district on Wednesday to rush to the city to meet him to discuss ways to end the imbroglio prevailing for the last one week after the splinter group withdrew support to the Dharam Singh government and decided to form an alternative government with BJP.

Ahead of the vote of confidence Chief Minister N Dharam Singh is seeking on Friday, the JD(S) supremo would also issue an appeal to the rebel MLAs to uphold the party's ideology and ideals, he said.

Kumaraswamy had made it clear on Wednesday that there was no change in their stand, irrespective of the outcome of talks between his father and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on finding a solution to the crisis.

MLAs of BJP who were in Tamil Nadu fearing poaching attempts by the Congress are also expected to return to the city on Thursday.

The party central leadership has asked senior leader M Venkaiah Naidu and General Secretary Ananth Kumar to be in Bangalore to "guide" the state unit.

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