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The JD(S) National Executive has resolved that its supremo H D Deve Gowda should co-ordinate with all the regional secular parties and the Left parties in the country and bring them together to face the next Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

In the two-day meet held by the Executive in Bangalore, the party passed two resolutions – ‘political resolutions’ and ‘economic resolutions’.

The political resolution focused on the revival of the Janata Parivar under the leadership of Gowda, and “return to the Gandhi-JP-Lohia ideological perfection to bring back true democratic, socialist and secular polity.”

Addressing the media after the meet, Gowda said the UPA and the NDA had failed in providing political stability and it was now inevitable for the secular regional parties and Left parties to come together to bring about that stability, besides revisiting the economic policies.

Rampant corruption and the communal divide, “deliberately created by both the Congress and the BJP” throughout the country to maintain vote banks, were the other reasons for people to choose an alternative, Gowda said.

The Executive has resolved to mobilise all socialist and democratic forces to fight “anti-people economic policies” supported by the NDA and the UPA.

Gowda slammed the Centre’s decision to bring in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail, and said that his party would strongly oppose the move.

Third Front?

When asked about the possibility of the formation of a Third Front, Gowda remained non-committal. The resolution, however, reads, “The bitter experiences of the disintegration of the third alternative in the post emergency India cautions us not to jump into half-baked third fronts only to capture power without setting up the ideological basis.”

Gowda dismissed questions about the probability of his party tying up with either the Congress or the BJP in the coming elections.

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