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Son back in father's arms

Gowda Sr's turnabout came a month after he endorsed the suspension of Kumaraswamy, reports BR Srikanth.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2006 15:54 IST
BR Srikanth
BR Srikanth

The two-month-long charade by Janata Dal (S) leaders ended with the party chief HD Deve Gowda declaring his rebellious son and Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy as the leader of the Dal's Legislature party, on Monday.

Gowda Sr's turnabout came a month after he endorsed the suspension of Kumaraswamy and 39 other Dal (S) legislators for forging a coalition government with the BJP. The former Prime Minister formally blessed his son after naming former deputy chief minister MP Prakash the new state unit president of Dal (S) at the party's headquarters in the city.

"Kumaraswamy will function as leader of MLAs," Gowda senior told his party workers. Besides, the chief minister will submit names of the deputy leader and secretary of the Legislative party to Speaker Krishna and hold parleys with the new state unit chief on appointments to other positions, including that of the working president of the state unit.

Gowda explained his stand saying, "People will ridicule us if there is any split (within the Dal (S)). To avoid the split, I have suffered self-inflicted punishment and not punished anyone." He said Prakash was being given responsibility of leading the state unit because he had prevented a split of the state unit during the vote of confidence of the new coalition.

First Published: Mar 21, 2006 15:48 IST