Janata Dal (S) – Enters Gowda 3G – Karnataka politics

Janata Dal (S) – Enters Gowda 3G – Karnataka politics

Janata Dal (S) has announced its candidate for Mandya.   Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil Gowda makes entry into politics from Mandya.

Nikhil Gowda – Janata Dal (S) :

The 28 year old is seen as the heir to Kumaraswamy’s legacy.  Sources say he is being pushed to contest elections because of his father’s deteriorating health.

The Janata Dal (S) party is demanding 12 seats out of 28 Lok Sabha seats in the State from its alliance Congress party.

“A few party leaders from Mandya have been pressing me to contest the LS Polls.  As the Chief Minister’s son, I have some responsibilities.  If the party leaders decide that I have to contest the elections, I have no choice” Nikhil said.

Congress +Janata Dal (S) alliance :

Nikhil’s candidature will mark the entry of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s second grandson into electoral politics, as the Janata Dal (S) supremo has already indicated that Prajwal Revanna is likely to be the party candidate from Hassan.


The assertion to claim Mandya came as Congress and JD(S) have decided to fight the parliamentary polls together but are yet to finalize a seat-sharing arrangement.

H.D.Kumaraswamy on Janata Dal (S) Seat from Mandya :

“Mandya candidate will be from JD(S), there is no question of our party going back. If Nikhil Kumaraswamy has to contest the election, we will not flee to Mysuru or any other place.If he contests, he will contest from Mandya,” he said, adding his family has grown in politics from struggle, and there was no question of going elsewhere fearing somebody.

Kumaraswamy’s comment comes days after Mrs. Sumalatha Ambareesh, wife of the late actor-turned-politician M H Ambareesh, expressed strong intentions to contest from Mandya on a Congress ticket.

Reaction of Sumanalatha Ambareesh on Janatal Dal (S) candidacy :

Mrs. Sumalatha said that she was still waiting for response from Congress to her willingness to contest from Mandya. 

Addressing media she quoted that she was not interest in announcements by other political parties.  “I am yet to hear anything officially from the Congress. I will not take any decisions until I hear from the party” she said.

Conclusion :

Many citizens view Karnataka politics becoming political dynasty.  At one time, Mulayam’s family had 7 law makers in Uttar Pradesh .  Lalu Prasad had as many as 10 law makers in Bihar.  Now it is Karnataka’s turn.  Gowda’s Janata Dal (S) will have 7 members now.

To know more about Janata Dal (S) candidates in Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Read : https://www.bangalorean.com/politics/bengaluru-north-s-m-krishna-vs-deve-gowda/

Coalition government Seat sharing – Bengaluru

Coalition government Seat sharing – Bengaluru

Coalition government seat sharing is doing rounds in Karnataka.  JD(S) asks for 12 seats and the congress sites on winnability criteria. 

JD(S) supremo Deve Gowda and Congess president Rahul Gandhi will take a final call on seat-sharing.

Winnability criteria – Coalition government :

Karnataka’s ruling coalition government partners, the Congress and the JD(S), began the first round of discussions on seat-sharing for the upcoming General elections 2019 in Karnataka.

The two allies, who had formed the coalition government after striking a post-poll alliance threw up a hung verdict, have decided to fight the parliamentary polls together under a coalition arrangement.

According to KPCC President Dinesh Gundurao, “we have discussed all 28 Lok Sabha seats.  It has been decided based pm the winnability of the candidates”.

Seat sharing by coalition government :

Seat-sharing is likely to be a major test for coalition government parties.  The JD(S) is banking on two-third, one-third formula was adopted in ministry formation and allocation of boards and corporations.  JD(S)  has demanded 10 to 12 seats out of the total 28.

The Congress is opposed to this, maintaining that sharing of seats will be based on “merit”.

There is pressure from within the Congress not to surrender too many seats to JD(S). The party workers does not want to give the ten seats where the party has sitting MPs.

Sharing of seats for coalition government for old Mysuru region is expected to be an acid test for both the parties. The JD(S) considers it as its bastion  and the Congress has its sitting members from most of the seats there.

JD(S) vs. Congress – coalition government seat sharing:

The Vokkaliga centered region of  Mandya will be another bone of contention between the coalition government partners as JD(S) plans to field Kumaraswamy’ ‘s son Nikhil from the seat that it currently holds.

The congress is getting pressure within the party to field Smt. Sumalatha Ambareesh, wife of late actor-turned-politician M.H. Ambareesh from there.

JD(S) supremo announced Madhu Bangarappa’s name as his party’s candidate from Shimoga Lok Sabha Constituency.  He is the first candidate announced by the coalition partners.

The Shimoga Lok Sabha set is presently held by B.Y.Raghavendra, son of B.S.Yeddyurappa.

The grand old party of Congress is under pressure from its party workers not to surrender the seats to the JD(S).

Seat sharing – Lok sabha elections 2019

Seat sharing bickering has started in Karnataka.  JD(S) Demands 12 Lok Sabha Seats in Karnataka; Congress Says ‘No Confusion’ in Seat-sharing.

Deve Gowda said the seat sharing will be on a 2:1 formula. According to which, 11 seats should come to the JD(S). The party was seeking one extra seat, noting that differences, if any, would be sorted out after discussion with Congress president.

Pressure on both parties – seat sharing :

The congress party is under immense pressure to finalize  the list of the candidates  for the upcoming lok sabha elections 2019. 

Karnataka has 28 seats out of which BJP is currently holding 16, congress with 10 and JD(S) 2 numbers.

The blueprint for seat-sharing would first be discussed at the state level by the coalition coordination committee.  The committee will be chaired by senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah and then will be finalized by the heads of both the parties. 

Seat sharing basis :

 After the formation of the coalition government, the formula of 2:1 was adopted in allocating portfolios, boards and corporations. Naturally, the same formula will apply to Lok Sabha seats.

According to the formula, 11 seats should come to the JD(S) and the party was seeking one extra seat.

Many congress leaders expressed concern over confusion among workers of both parties.  The coalition duo face the poll as allies.  But they have their eyes definitely on some seats.

Decision on seat sharing in the Lok Sabha elections:

Sharing of seats in old Mysuru is not favorite to both the parties.  JD(S) has set eyes on Tumakkuru and Chikkaballapura which are currently represented by the Congress.  But the congress party is in no mood to part with these seats.

The congress is ready to forgo Bengaluru North to JD(S), if JD(S) supremo H.D.Deve Gowda decides to contest from there.  However finalization of tickets will depend on the seat sharing agreement between the alliance partners.

No Support :

The congress party has decided not to extend support to Smt. Sumalatha Ambareesh and actor Prakash Raj if they contest independently.  Mandya is a JD(S) stronghold.  Smt. Sumalatha Ambareesh is being under pressure to contest from Mandya. 

Prakash Raj has announced that he is contesting from Bengaluru Central.  But Bengaluru Central has many ticket aspirants from congress.  As Prakash raj has sought congress support, the party may not field a candidate against him.

The political weather in India is going to be the hottest like never before as we go for the national election.

Uttama Prajakeeya Party – Upendra

Uttama Prajakeeya Party Upendra is contesting all 28 Lok Sabha constituencies during the upcoming elections.

Founder Upendra – UPP

The concept of ‘Prajaakeeya’ where people are the ultimate rulers is something Upendra has been vouching for since his foray into politics through KPJP.

Upendra – Head Uttama Prajakeeya Party :

He officially announced the party “Uttama Prajakeeya Party” on his birthday i.e. on September 18th  2018.  He said in one of his social media post “Leaders of Democracy, To bring a complete change through ‘Prajakeeya’ a new manifesto based ART of Governance (Accountability, Responsibility, Transparency)”


Uttama Prajakeeya Party – politics without money :

According to Upendra his party and his politics does not involve use of money power.  The acronym of his party is same as his nickname UPPI.

He is planning to bring some known people from diverse backgrounds to the party so that it does not look like an one-man-show.

28 Lok Sabha Seats – Uttama Prajakeeya Party :

Upendra and his team are personally interviewing interested candidates who wants to join his party.  He is ensuring that the best of candidates are selected. Every candidate is required to study his/her respective constituency in detail and to make a report of the existing situation.

Uttama Prajakeeya Party candidates will be contesting on autorickshaw symbol assigned by the Election Commission. 

Symbol of the party

Upendra  is one of the aspirants for the party ticket but would have to pass through a selection process.  If selected he would decide on the constituency from which he would contest. 

Agenda of Uttama Prajakeeya Party :

Instead of Rajakeeya (Politics) the party would propagate Prajakeeya (of the people, for the people, by the people).  The party is believed strongly in transferring power to the people in spirit.

The party has created a five point program to convince people of their commitment to democratic principles : Selection, Election, correction, Rejection, Promotion.  People will take an engaging role in the process of selection and election. 

Karnataka Elections 2018

Karnataka state’s urban electorate has not shown consistent preference for a single party in last 2 decades.  The challenge for the  Congress is to win over urban voters and for the BJP, it is vice-versa.  The battle is a keenly contested one with the congress trying to retain power.

South Karnataka has been the fortress of Congress. Rural & urban divide will affect the results.  Congress has a strong foothold in maximum constituencies.  Although the Congress in the State is a competition to BJP, their central leadership may hurt them.   A loss will rob Congress of one of two major states which is still in their kitty. Lack of coordination between government and party in popularising the government’s welfare schemes and Corruption charges against senior ministers are the major drawbacks.

BJP has always been weak in South Karnataka.  It has never been a dominant party in Karnataka like the Congress, which has a significant presence in every district. BJP has doubled down on divisive Hindutva and coarsened the political discourse.  This does not work in Karnataka which is a liberal, peace loving State.  BJP wants to continue its victory run motivated by the recent election results of Gujarat & Himachal Pradesh in Karnataka too.  Communal polarization factor may be a game-changer in the State.  Karnataka is the only State in South which has had a BJP Government.  BJP is going all guns blazing to take another State from the Congress to make India ‘Congress mukth Bharath’.

Even as the Congress & BJP are fighting it out to snatch victory in the impending high-prestige Assembly election in Karnataka, there is a 3rd force JD(S) which could play a crucial role in the event of a hung assembly.  As for JD(S), its strength is now confined to a few district of Kaveri basin.  It has been pursuing new political partnerships to try and strengthen its position in weak constituencies.  JD(S) has also  been part of previous attempts by regional parties across States to put up a “Third Front” as an alternative to the two national parties.  The JD(S) is not realistically in a position to achieve a simple majority on its own as it has lost ground in recent years.

It would be an extremely tough call to take as to who would win this bastion.  All the major parties have problems galore.  The manner in which internal rifts would be sorted out will be very crucial to the chances of both major parties.  Interestingly, the State has shown a trend of replacing the ruling party after 5 years. However, the voting patterns have always been influenced by caste and community considerations in Karnataka. And, often Karnataka has voted much against the “expected lines”.