JD-S Karnataka President Disagrees with Alliance, Hints at Party Split

JD-S Karnataka President Disagrees with Alliance, Hints at Party Split
JD-S Karnataka President Disagrees with Alliance, Hints at Party Split
JD-S Karnataka President Disagrees with Alliance, Hints at Party Split
JD-S Karnataka President Disagrees with Alliance, Hints at Party Split

JD-S Karnataka President Disagrees with Alliance, Hints at Party Split

JD-S Karnataka President Disagrees with Alliance, Hints at Party Split

JD-S Karnataka President Disagrees with Alliance, Hints at Party Split: Factional Rift Emerges in JD(S) Over BJP Alliance

In a surprising turn of events, the Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka faces internal strife, with the state party president, C M Ibrahim, rejecting the decision of JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda to form an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Ibrahim boldly stated that the JD(S) would not become a part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). This development hints at a potential split within the party, as Ibrahim emphasized that his faction represents the “original JD(S)” and stands by its “secular” values.

A Defiant Stand Against BJP Alliance

C M Ibrahim made a clear and defiant stance during a meeting with party leaders, stating, “Our first decision is that the JD(S) will not go with the NDA. The second decision was a request to Deve Gowda that he should not give his consent to this alliance.” He further pointed out that many JD(S) leaders had already left the party in states like Kerala, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu following the announcement of the BJP-JD(S) pact. However, in Karnataka, they still have a strong connection with Deve Gowda, whom they see as a father figure.

Ibrahim’s intention to convey this decision to Deve Gowda was confirmed, and he expressed his desire to have no association with the BJP. He further announced plans to establish a core committee that would communicate the outcome of the meeting to Deve Gowda.

Rift in the JD(S) Family

Ibrahim, who previously served as the Civil Aviation Minister in H D Deve Gowda’s government, defended his faction as the “original JD(S)” and highlighted its commitment to secular principles. When questioned about the party’s future course of action if Deve Gowda and his son H D Kumaraswamy did not agree with his decision, Ibrahim asserted his authority as the state president, emphasizing that he must make decisions concerning the party in Karnataka.

Ibrahim also alluded to the possibility that JD(S) MLAs might follow suit, stating that he is in touch with many of them. While he declined to disclose their names, he assured that one-on-one meetings with the MLAs would be held, indicating that the situation within the JD(S) may continue to evolve.

The situation arises in the backdrop of former Chief Minister Kumaraswamy’s agreement to be part of the NDA, a decision that was reached following discussions with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President J P Nadda on September 22. This recent development has thrust the JD(S) into the spotlight, as it navigates internal divisions in the lead-up to the Lok Sabha elections.

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