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JDS working president adds to party’s dilemma ahead of Karnataka bypolls

JD(S) office bearer quits party in Karnataka citing nepotism as the main reason and said that some leaders are using party as family property. This comes soon after the announcement of verdict by the Supreme Court on the disqualification of Karnataka MLAs.

JDS working president adds to party's dilemma ahead of Karnataka bypolls
Bengaluru, First Published Nov 13, 2019, 1:54 PM IST
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Bengaluru: Even as miseries continue to haunt the JD(S) over Supreme Court allowing disqualified MLAs to contest upcoming by-elections in Karnataka, yet another trouble has shot up for the party. Accusing the JD(S) of family politics, nepotism, casteism, lack of internal democracy, the party’s working president RV Harish has bid goodbye to the party.  

Tendering his resignation, RV Harish addressed his resignation letter to JD(S) chief HD Devegowda and party state president HD Kumaraswamy, and said that some leaders were using the party as a family property and politics based on convenience.

Harish has been aspiring for a ticket from Mahalakshmi Layout constituency. Harish said, “The core committee and Parliamentary board in the party have lost their relevance and decisions taken by them are not valued. Frustrated at this state of affairs, I have tendered my resignation.”

He also added, “While some party legislators and leaders have already left the party, some more are ready to quit, even as many MLCs have openly expressed their dissatisfaction with the party.”

Harish expressed his displeasure over the growing dissent in the party and how the leaders and the workers were not valued.

"I was in an important party position, but the senior leaders of the party did not value either my feelings nor my plans towards strengthening the party. I had no problem being a sincere worker of the party, but my conscience did not permit me to serve as a slave. Therefore, I have resigned from the primary membership of the party," Harish said in a letter addressed to the former chief minister and party’s state president HD Kumaraswamy.

Turmoil in JD(S) unit continues as the party has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. JD(S) leaders are rebelling against the senior leaders expressing their dissatisfaction towards family politics. Now, with Supreme Court’s verdict allowing 17 disqualified MLAs to contest bypolls, their headache has aggravated. 

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