No plans to hold talks with Zameer, says HDK

No plans to hold talks with Zameer, says HDK

The JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy on Sunday said he has no plan to hold talks with party rebel MLA Zameer Ahmed Khan in order to end differences with the rebel leaders of the party.

“I have nothing to do with him (Zameer). We (party leaders) will neither invite him for talks nor is there a need for him to approach us,” Kumaraswamy told reporters on seeking to know whether he was planning to hold talks with the rebel MLA.

Zameer has himself said in the past that the JD(S) is like a factory that produces leaders. People are aware of everything about him and they will give appropriate reply to all those who are talking lightly of the party, in the next Assembly polls in the state, he added.

Kumaraswamy said he has decided to camp in Hubballi for one week to hold meetings with the party workers. A list of probable candidates to contest the next Assembly elections will be prepared. The JD(S) will field its candidates from all the 224 Assembly constituencies, he added.

He said that the Congress leaders L R Shivaramegowda and Suresh Gowda, both former MLAs from Nagamangala in Mandya district will be joining the JD(S) on Monday in Bengaluru.

‘Kumaraswamy encouraged cross-voting’
Zameer Ahmed Khan accused Kum­a­raswamy of encouraging the party MLAs to vote in favour of the Cong­r­e­ss in the Rajya Sabha elections held last year. He said he is ready to swear on the god in this regard.

Ei­ght JD(S) MLAs, including Zameer, cross-voted in favour of the Congress. The JD(S) subsequently suspended these MLAs. The suspension of one the MLAs, K Gopalaiah, was later revoked after he tendered an apology.

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