Bengaluru : H D Deve Gowda, the former Prime Minister and stalwart of the Janata Dal (Secular), took a decisive step on Thursday by dissolving the state working committee of the party and removing its president, C M Ibrahim. This move was in response to Ibrahim’s vocal opposition to the party’s decision to form an alliance with the BJP for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
In light of this development, H D Kumaraswamy, the ex-Chief Minister and son of H D Deve Gowda, has been appointed as the ad-hoc president of the state unit as well as the legislative unit of the party.
The decision from Gowda’s camp was prompted by Ibrahim’s recent actions. On October 16, Ibrahim convened a meeting with ‘like-minded’ individuals within JD(S) and proclaimed that his faction of the party was the original one.
Additionally, he unveiled the formation of a core committee, aimed at submitting a memorandum to the party’s supremo, advocating against an alliance with the BJP. This dissent within the ranks of JD(S) has now led to a significant restructuring of the party’s leadership in the state.