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KARNATAKA

Samajwadi Party launched in State

Saturday 26 March 2005

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE, MARCH 25: The Samajwadi Party made a beginning in the State today, with the former Chief Minister S. Bangarappa heralding the arrival of "the third front" in Karnataka. He said the party will show the Congress-Janata Dal (S) coalition its place and rout the BJP whose communal credentials have no place in the State.

Launching the State unit of the Samajwadi Party after being anointed its president at a huge rally on the Palace Grounds here, Mr. Bangarappa did not mince words as he described himself as a great socialist, who had already given a telling blow to the BJP by drawing two of its legislators (the Hosanagar MLA, H. Halappa, and the Sagar legislator, Belur K. Gopalakrishna), who were on the dais.

The national President of the Samajwadi Party and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav; the party General Secretary, Amar Singh; the party MPs Jaya Bachchan and Jayaprada; the Uttar Pradesh Education Minister, Ramashrey Vishwakarma; and many who were in the Janata Party headed by the liquor baron Vijay Mallya prior to the elections last year, were on the massive dais as the party leaders addressed the huge crowd gathered under the giant pandal. Mr. Mulayam Singh’s son, Akhilesh Singh Yadav, and the former Union Minister Saleem Shervani were also present.

Mr. Bangarappa virtually asked the people to prepare for mid-term elections and predicted that voters in Karnataka would elect the Samajwadi Party with a thumping majority.

Mr. Mulayam Singh harped on the long socialist trail that Mr. Bangarappa and he had blazed after they entered politics in the late Sixties, one in Uttar Pradesh and the other in Karnataka.

Mr. Mulayam Singh said Mr. Bangarappa is on his way to becoming the Chief Minister again.

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