Karnataka Deputy CM Reveals Party Defections Amid Alliance Controversy

Karnataka Deputy CM Reveals Party Defections Amid Alliance Controversy
Karnataka Deputy CM Reveals Party Defections Amid Alliance Controversy
Karnataka Deputy CM Reveals Party Defections Amid Alliance Controversy
Karnataka Deputy CM Reveals Party Defections Amid Alliance Controversy

Karnataka Deputy CM Reveals Party Defections Amid Alliance Controversy

Karnataka Deputy CM Reveals Party Defections Amid Alliance Controversy

Karnataka Deputy CM Reveals Party Defections Amid Alliance Controversy

Amidst growing controversy surrounding the recent alliance between the BJP and the Janata Dal Secular (JDS) in Karnataka, Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar made a significant claim on Thursday. He asserted that over 40 leaders from both the BJP and JDS, who are discontent with the newly forged alliance, are willing to join the Congress party. This statement came in the wake of former BJP MLA Ramappa Lamani, who was denied a ticket by the saffron party for the upcoming assembly elections in the Shirahatti segment, making the decision to switch allegiances and join the Congress without any conditions.

Unrest Over BJP-JDS Alliance

The JDS, led by former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, made the decision to ally with the BJP following a meeting between JDS leader H.D. Kumaraswamy, Home Minister Amit Shah, and BJP National President J.P. Nadda in New Delhi. The alliance has generated significant opposition, with many leaders expressing their discontent and desire to seek alternative political affiliations.

Congress Open to New Members

D.K. Shivakumar, who also serves as the Congress state president, shared that numerous applications from over 40 leaders who have expressed their interest in joining the Congress are currently under review. Although their names were not disclosed, Shivakumar emphasized that discussions with local leaders are ongoing, and new members are being inducted into the party gradually. These leaders from both the BJP and JDS hail from various regions of Karnataka, spanning from Bidar in the north to Chamarajanagar in the south.

Implications for Leadership and the Nation

The opposition to the alliance between the BJP and JDS has led to numerous leaders seeking an alternative political home within the Congress. D.K. Shivakumar underscored the potential benefits for both the party’s leadership and the country by welcoming these leaders into their ranks, signaling a potential shift in the political landscape in Karnataka.

Interest from AAP Members

In addition to BJP and JDS leaders, Shivakumar also revealed that more than 100 individuals who had previously contested the May assembly elections as members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have expressed their interest in joining the Congress. This growing interest from a diverse range of political actors suggests a shifting dynamic in Karnataka’s political landscape as the assembly elections draw near.

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