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|October 8, 1999||
New Karnataka govt will review JH Patel's decisions
The new Congress government in Karnataka will review all the ''hasty decisions'' taken by the outgoing Janata Dal government in the last few days, state party chief, S M Krishna and senior party leader Mallikarjuna Kharge said today.
Talking to newsmen at separate press conferences here, they said the outgoing cabinet had no right to take decisions on vital policy matters.
Asked whether the review would include the Rs 1,300-crore water-supply project for Bangalore, Kharge said the government would review all important decisions taken by the cabinet in the last few days. The contract to implement the water-supply project has been given to Malaysia-based Biwater.
On the leadership issue, Krishna said the selection of the new legislature party leader was not a big issue and an appropriate decision would be taken by the party high command in consultation with the CLP.
The party had learnt a lesson from its past mistakes and would not repeat them, he said and added that the CLP would arrive at a consensus on the choice of the new leader on October 10.
Asked whether he was a contender for the post, he said he would not shirk from any responsibility given to him by the party high command.
There might be aspirants for the post but ultimately the decision of the CLP and the high command would prevail, he added.
Kharge said he was not surprised at the party's performance in the polls. He felt it was a positive mandate by the voters given in favour of the party.
He was surprised that exit polls had failed to take notice of the steady growth of the party in the state.
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