Ever since Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president G Prameshwar hailed JD(S) rebel leader Zameer Ahmed Khan as the future leader of the Muslim community, the Chamarajpet MLA does not spare an opportunity to project himself as one.
Taking a dig at JD(S) MLA HD Revanna, Zameer challenged him to contest against him this election. "I'm Zameer Ahmed Khan. I'm not afraid of anyone," he said thumping his chest, reports One India.
His comment comes in the wake of Revanna's comment that Zameer had cheated Congress leader Devaraju. Zameer said "I have not cheated anyone. In fact, Revanna himself had cheated his brother HD Kumaraswamy. It was him who had tried to blackmail us by saying that Deve Gowda would end his life if Kumaraswamy were made the chief minister. Revanna should watch his words before talking against me."
It may be recalled here that JD(S) MLA Revanna had spoken about Zameer Ahmed Khan in the most singular words. Revanna had said "Who's that Zameer? We have never taken Zameer Ahmed Khan seriously."
Apparently stung by these words, Zameer has launched a tirade against Revanna. He has threatened to expose JD(S) leaders - except Deve Gowda - if anyone speaks ill of him.
He has been claiming that Congress party is like an ocean while JD(S) is just a pond. "When KPCC president himself has identified me, why should I bother about anything," was how Zameer tried to reaffirm his position in the Congress party.
Zameer along with other legislators was ousted recently by JD(S) party supremo HD Deve Gowda for cross-voting during the Rajya Sabha election. Others who were expelled by the party include Magadi Balakrishna, Chaluvaraya Swami, Akhanda Srinivas Murthy, Iqbal Ansari, Ramesh Bandi Siddegowda and Bheema Naik. These rebel leaders are expected to officially join Congress party in December.
Once known as the 'emerging' face of Muslims in the JD(S) party, Zameer had enjoyed proximity to former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy. He had even played a crucial role during the coalition government of JD(S) and BJP in the state.
A native of Tumakuru, Zameer was chosen by the JD(S) for the Chamarajpet Assembly constituency when SM Krishna vacated the seat to take up Governor's post in 2005. Zameer Ahmed won the elections for the first time by defeating Congress' candidate RV Devaraj.