JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda announces new office-bearers of JD-S in Karnataka
JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda on July 4, called news office-bearers to strengthen the party and rescue its chances in Karnataka.
A senior leader Ramesh Babu said, “Gowda has appointed 5-time legislator H.K. Kumaraswamy as the party’s state unit president in place of A.H. Vishwanath, who resigned from the post in June, owning moral responsibility for the party’s debacle in the recent Lok Sabha elections in the state.”
Kumaraswamy, a Dalit, represents the Sakleshpur assembly segment in the Haasan district, about 180 km Northwest of Bengaluru.
Former legislator Madhu Bangarappa has been assigned the party’s working president and Ex-Minister N.M. Nabi and legislator K. Gopalaiah as the party’s senior vice-president.
Gopalaiah represents the Mahalakshmi Layout assembly seat in Bengaluru’s northwest suburb.
“Though Bangarappa lost to BJP’s B.Y. Raghavendra in the parliamentary poll form Shimoga, he has been entrusted with the responsibility of reviving the party’s prospects in the Malnad region a stronghold of the BJP” Babu stated.
Shockingly Gowda created his younger grandson Nikhil president of the party’s youth wing however his debacle in the recent Lok Sabha elections from Mandya to independent and South Indian multi-lingual film actress Sumalatha Ambareesh.
The Gowda opted to contest form Tumkur, paving way for Prajwal in Haasan, but defeat to BJP’s G.S. Basavraraj. “The remaining office-bearers will soon be appointed to strengthen the party across the state and prepare for the local body elections in early 2020,” Gowda said.
In May 2018 elections, the JD(S) gained only 37 of the 220 seats it contested, and its candidates lost even deposits in 150 seats. In the Lok Sabha elections, it gained just 7 seats it contested, with its ruling ally Congress, which also won only one seat (Bangalore Rural) of the 21 it contested as joint candidates as per the pre-poll alliance.
Invariance, a resurgent BJP won 25 of the 27 seats it contested and supported Sumalatha to wrest Mandya form the JD(S).