Gowda dissolves Karnataka JD(S) committee over BJP alliance dispute

Wednesday 25th October 2023 06:41 EDT

Bengaluru: Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) patriarch H D Deve Gowda removed the party's Karnataka unit president C M Ibrahim, who had raised a banner of revolt against forming an alliance with the BJP, by dissolving the state unit working committee. Gowda also appointed his son and former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy as the ad-hoc president of the party's state unit.
Addressing a press conference, Gowda said, “Ibrahim has been removed as per the party constitution. I have removed him, and the new president H D Kumaraswamy has been appointed.” Kumaraswamy, a two-time Karnataka chief minister, is also the party's legislative unit president.
Gowda's order came after Ibrahim revolted against the party's decision to align with the BJP for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Ibrahim had held a meeting with "like-minded" people of the JD(S) on October 16 and announced that the party led by him was the original one. He also announced the formation of a core committee that would submit a memorandum to the party supremo that the JD (S) should not go with the BJP.
The former PM said that all the state units of the JD(S) including Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Kerala had given their consent to go with the BJP. He also claimed that many Muslim leaders in the JD(S) have also supported the party's decision to go with the BJP.

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