JD(S) asks like-minded parties to join hands with it

The Janata Dal (S) Thursday asked all like-minded secular non-NDA and non-UPA regional political parties to join hands with it to form a confederation.

Last Updated: Jan 20, 2011, 15:44 PM IST

Bangalore: The Janata Dal (S) Thursday asked all like-minded secular non-NDA and non-UPA regional political parties to join hands with it to form a confederation, which would come out with clear cut policies on various issues.

This was one of the several political and economic resolutions passed by the party at its plenary session in the presence of party founder H D Deve Gowda.

With its focus on corruption, the JD(S) resolution said, "If skeletons of corruption are tumbling out of the UPA’s cupboards, the BJP takes the cake for turning Karnataka into a hub of corruption, a laboratory of communalism and a nursery of nepotism".

Hitting out at Yeddyurappa on corruption charges, the JDS president said his party’s fight against corruption was not attempted at destabilising the ruling government, "but he
(the Karnataka chief minister) cannot threaten the governor".

In its bid to take on the government over corruption, the party plans to hold a week-long rally in the national capital prior to Parliament`s Budget Session. The party claimed that as many as 11 regional and Left parties will be part of the demonstration.

The JD(S) plenary is being held against the backdrop of the Karnataka government facing corruption charges and chief minister B S Yeddyurappa locking horns with Governor H R
Bharadwaj over this issue.
The plenary session comes days after the zilla panchayat poll results were announced, in which, BJP won 12 seats and Congress and JDS won four each.

“But the decision in 10 seats is pending and there is no way that we will let the BJP win from those ...even if we have to go with the Congress on that," Gowda, who is a former Prime Minister, told reporters.

The party resolution also underscores its aim to strengthen its position in other states that go to polls later this year like Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
"We are already an alliance partner in the LDF government in Kerala and will look to consolidate our position in that state," Gowda said.

On the economic front, the party`s top leaders were of the view that the implementation of the M S Swaminathan Commission report, including reducing the interest rates to four per cent, was the need of the hour to contain the growing agrarian crisis.

Gowda is set to be re-elected as party president at the end of the plenary. The term of the president`s post is for two years and elections for this post were last held in 2006.

PTI