JDS: Janata Dal Secular
“United By Value, Driven By Faith”
Janata Dal (Secular) is a State Political Party which was formed in Bangalore in 1999. JDS belong to the Centre political position. It has a political presence in the state of Karnataka and Kerala.
Janata Dal was originally formed as an anti-Indira Gandhi Party called Janata Party which was organized by Jayaprakash Narayan for the 1977 elections. Janata Dal was formed with the merger of the Janata Party and other smaller opposition parties in 1988. When Deve Gowda became the Prime Minister of India, the party reached its pinnacle. After the Janata Dal split, Deve Gowda emerged as the leader of Janata Dal Secular.
In 2015, JD(S), Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Indian National Lok Dal, Samajwadi Party, and Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya) merged into a new national Janata Parivar alliance in order to oppose the BJP.
JDS was founded by HD Deve Gowda. The headquarters is located in New Delhi and the JD Secular office is located in Sampige Rama Nagar Bangalore.
The leader of JDS in Lok Sabha is HD Deve Gowda and in Rajya Sabha the leader is D Kupendra Reddy.
A Lady Farmer Symbol
The Election Symbol of Janata Dal (Secular) is A Lady Farmer carrying Paddy on her head. The symbol is synonymous with what the party stands for. The lady in the symbol represents the sensitivity of the party towards women’s rights and opportunity. The JDS believes in equal opportunity, irrespective of caste, creed, class, race, ethnicity, religion and gender. It follows in propagating the true value of Gandhian Socialism.