Cong-JD(S) plan poll battle against BJP – Karnataka

Cong-JD(S) plan poll battle against BJP – Karnataka

Cong-JD(S) plan on to take BJP in Lok Sabha 2019 poll battle.  The coalition is planning a big battle against BJP.  Former Prime Minister and JD(S) Supremo H D Deve Gowda has vowed to reduce the BJP to a single digit. The Congress and JD(S) jointly announced a bunch of measures to ensure that their alliance worked without any flaws.

JD(S) – Janata Dal (Secular)  :

The Janata Dal (Secular) is a political party led by former Prime Minister of India, H.D.Deve Gowda. The party is recognized as a State Party in the states of Karnataka and Kerala.

It was formed in July 1999 by the split of Janata Dal party.  It has a political presence mainly in Karnataka. In Kerala, the party is part of the Left Democratic front.

Ironically  the JD(S)  was formed in 1999, had its origins in the Janata Party, founded in 1977 as a coalition of several smaller parties that combined forces to oppose the Congress party.

Indian National Congress : 

The Indian National Congress or INC or Congress party or simply Congress is a broadly based Political party in India. Founded in 1885, it was the first modern nationalist movement to emerge in the British Empire in Asia and Africa. 

From the late 19th century, and especially after 1920, under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, , Congress became the principal leader of the Indian independence movement.  Congress led India to independence from Great Britain, and powerfully influenced other anti-nationalist movements in the British Empire.

Bharatiya Janata party – BJP :

The BJP’s origin lies in the Bharatiya  Jana Sangh,  formed in 1951 by Syama Prasad Mukherjee. After the State of Emergency  in 1977, the Jana Sangh merged with several other parties to form the Janata Party. It defeated the incumbent Congress party in the 1977 General elections. 

 After three years in power, the Janata party dissolved in 1980 with the members of the erstwhile Jana Sangh reconvening to form the BJP.

Coalition government in the State of Karnataka – Cong-JD(S) plan :

The Karnataka elections 2018 were held on May 12, 2018, in all 222 of 224 constituencies of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. The term of the current 224-member legislative Assembly ends on May 28.

INC + JDS

The election result of the Karnataka this time turns out to be very exciting. BJP having a count of 104 seats, Congress having 78, JD(S) having count of 38 and others on 3. BJP misses out the majority by a very little count which have turn into a great burden to them.

B.S Yediyurappa with such short time to prove majority said that a great mandate given by the people of Karnataka to BJP (104) seats did not suffice and resigned before trust vote. Which paved way for present chief minister of Karnataka H.D.Kumaraswamy from JD(S).

Cong-JD(S) plan – leaders statements :

Mr. Deve Gowda told reporters ,”Nominations have started. Time is very less. Whatever misunderstanding we have between us, we have to resolve them now”.  

Traditional rival parties the Congress and JD(S) face the challenge of convincing their party workers to work together and get maximum  votes for candidates fielded by the alliance. The alliance is to defeat the BJP.

Senior leaders from both the parties will be appointed as observers in all the 28 Lok Sabha constituency according to Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah. 

He also said, “the observers will ensure coordination between both parties. Strict directives will be issued to the district units of both parties that they should forget their differences and work toward defeating the BJP in the interest of the state, country and democracy. I’m confident our party workers will abide by our decision.

Cong-JD(S) plan – rally :

A mega public rally is been planned near Bengaluru which will be attended by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) Supremo Deve Gowda. The event will be held most likely on 31st March  2019.  

According to Siddaramaich this historic rally will sound the bugle of the alliance party election campaign.  After that, the leaders from both parties will hold joint campaigns across all the 28 seats. 

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy admitted that out of 28 constituencies,  there were problems in a few constituencies and affirmed that they would be resolved.

Parameshwara skips Cong-JD(S) plan meet :

The Deputy Chief Minister G.Parameshwara was noticeably absent from the Cong-JD(S) plan meet.    It is observed that Parameshwara is still not happy with the Tumkur Lok Sabha Seat being given to JD(S). 

G.Parameshwara is the Tumakuru district in-charge minister.  He is mounting pressure on the congress leaders to get back Tumakuru back from JD(S).  Tumakuru is represented by S.Muddahanumegowda.

The decision to forego Tumkuru seat has caused a lot of displeasure in the Congress party.

B.Venkatesh Prasad joins BJP :

B.Venkatesh prasad brother of Congress MLA Nagendra from Bellary Rural  joined BJP.   Mr. Prasad had unsuccessfully had a bid for congress ticket during the Lok Sabha by-elections to Bellary constituency. 

After being disappointed with the Congress party Mr.Prasad joined BJP ahead of Lok Sabha polls 2019.  The other congress leader who joined BJP is Devendrappa, a congess leader from Harapanahalli and also a relative of Jarkiholi brothers.

Sumalatha Ambareesh as an Independent candidate – a thorn in Cong-JD(S) plan :

Sumalatha, actor and wife of late Kannada actor and former Union Minister M.H.Ambareesh announce her decision.  She will be contesting the elections from Mandya Lok Sabha Constituency as an independent candidate against Nikhil Kumaraswamy of JD(S).

This is going to be a high profile battle in Madya Constituency.  She is been holding road shows along with her son in Mandya and taking on the Gowda family.  She is also in touch with the BJP leaders.

Disturbed by her popularity, the JD(S) is on attack mode.  While Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy took a dig at late Ambareesh, his brother HD Revanna made belittle and sexist remarks against her.  JD(S) Thammanna was also among those attacked her.

After the demise of her husband, actor politician MH Ambareesh, his wife Sumalatha showed interest to contest from Mandya to carry forward her husband’s legacy.

Conclusion :

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had said that if the JD(S) fares well, other parties would come running to his father, hinting that his father could be looking at another stint as prime minister. 

Even if there is no chance at the top post, greater their number, greater their bargaining power at the Centre if the Mahaghathbandhan does manage a good show in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. 

Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s initiation into the JDS’ electoral fray ignores the many district level leaders who have worked hard for the party. 

The problem has now multiplied with even the Congress workers of the district expressing their opposition to Nikhil’s candidature. Many are openly working for actor Sumalatha, the wife of late actor-MP Ambareesh, who is contesting from Mandya constituency independently. 

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