It’s been over 3 decades since the JDS had a stable state president. The recent announcement of state president AH Vishwanath that he cannot continue within the post due to poor health appears to be a continuation of the jinx that haunts the party. Since former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda stepped down from his workplace in 1999 and split from Janata Dal, the party has been attempting to seek out a stable leader who will give it a position within the state. Ever since no but four to five leaders have tried their hands at leading the regional party.
The recent elevation of Hunsur MLA Vishwanath from the Kuruba community to the post at a time once the party was in power was two-pronged: to alleviate chief minister Kumaraswamy of the responsibilities and counter former CM Siddaramaiah who belongs to the same community.
Citing poor health as a reason, Vishwanath said: “After taking charge of the party, I underwent 2 major surgeries and I’m unable to continue within the post with complete commitment. With my age and health considerations, I cannot lead the party as its state president.” He said a younger leader should take over the mantle. There were reports that Vishwanath was sad with the party hierarchy and Gowda and his sons for not disposition a hand to make the party. “There has never been lack of support from Gowda or Kumaraswamy. They’ve given me employees, as well as a private assistant and a car for official functions. sadly, I’m unable to tour the state and strengthen the party,” said Vishwanath.
On Gowda’s statement that he’ll appoint five operating presidents to help the state president, Vishwanath said: “I created this recommendation 3 months ago. However, regardless of how many we appoint, party employees can request the president’s presence. it's a tough task.” Ready for a cabinet berth. The former congressman, however, is keen on obtaining a cabinet post. “The JD(S) has 2 vacant cabinet posts. I’m able to settle for one if offered. however I’ll not lobby for it as I’ve already been a minister in previous governments,” he said. Vishwanath said he’ll place the request to alleviate him of his duties at the meeting of JD(S) leaders on January 3.