JD(S) Karnataka unit chief opposes tie-up with BJP

Wednesday 18th October 2023 06:34 EDT

Bengaluru: Weeks after JD (S) and BJP announced an electoral tie-up for the coming general elections, Karnataka party unit president CM Ibrahim openly differed with party supremo HD Deve Gowda, claiming rights over the regional party and that he would “never approve of the alliance”.
Ibrahim and many other functionaries, mainly those from minority communities, are upset with the party’s decision to join hands with BJP for the 2024 polls. Ibrahim and several other like-minded functionaries met on Monday. He said Gowda was not in favour of an alliance with BJP but he was “helpless” and had to accept it.
Ibrahim said: “I’m the president of the party. The alliance cannot happen without my approval. JD(S) is not the preserve of a family. One person cannot make decisions. I have called a meeting of the core committee of the party to decide the next course of action. I will speak to all 19 MLAs personally and persuade them to oppose the alliance.”
Sources claimed Ibrahim is in talks with JD(U) chief and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, and that some state Congress functionaries are also backing him.

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