JD(S) panel to decide on action against Kumaraswamy

Bangalore, March 21 | Updated: Mar 22 2006, 05:30am hrs
The newly-appointed JD(S) Karnataka president MP Prakash on Tuesday said the partys disciplinary action committee would decide on the next course of action against chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and other MLAs supporting him, who were suspended for joining hands with the BJP in forming a coalition government in the state.

The suspension issue was pending with the committee and it would decide whether it should take it to its logical end or otherwise, Mr Prakash told reporters here, a day after JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda formally anointed his son Kumaraswamy as JD(S) legislature party leader.

Ending his public posture of estrangement with his son, Mr Gowda had on Monday formally announced that Mr Kumaraswamy would be the leader of the MLAs, in a move that came within weeks after the latter and the MLAs with him were suspended from the party.

Mr Prakash, however, defended Mr Kumaraswamy joining hands with the BJP, saying terms like secularism and communalism could not be looked at in a simplistic way.

Decisions had to be viewed in changed context in which they were taken.