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JD(S) to organize convention on February 10

Bengaluru: Janata Dal (Secular) is all set to be ahead of its rivals in preparing for the 2018 Assembly elections. The JD(S) has decided to organize a convention of its office-bearers, members of Zilla and Taluk Panchayats in Bengaluru on February 10 to chalk out strategies for the 2018 Assembly elections.

According to JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda, the convention would be held at Palace Grounds to identify potential candidates for the Assembly polls and the list of the candidates would be announced without much delay. “Care would be taken to ensure fair representation for all caste and communities while finalising the list of party candidates,’’ Deve Gowda said here on Sunday.

Deve Gowda said the JD(S) leadership would soon reconstitute various wings of the party. “Two teams of the party leaders will be formed to tour the state extensively to rejuvenate the party as a formidable force ahead of the polls to take on national parties Congress and BJP.  The party will fight the 2018 assembly poll with a resolve to get a clear majority on its own strength,’’ Gowda said.

Gowda himself would hit the road at a later stage to tour the state extensively to revitalize the party.

The former Prime Minister accused the state government of meting out a raw deal for farmers whose lands have been acquired for industrial purposes. “Many farmers have not been paid the compensation, in most of the cases compensation has been paid at old rates,’’ he said.

The JD(S) supremo threatened to launch an agitation if the state government fails to pay fair compensation without any delay for farmers.

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