Control slipping, JD(S) takes a body blow with Rajya Sabha poll debacle

Reading plainly, the BJP’s victory in three seats from the Rajya Sabha in Karnataka, especially the third, in a tight race with Congress and the Janata Dal (secular) appears to have been due to a lack of coordination among the former allies in the fighting. United against the BJP.

A closer look at the BJP’s victory, especially in the third seat despite having only 31 reserve votes compared to 32 Congress and 24 Congressional votes, reveals quicksand in JD (South) fortunes and her leadership.

While the ruling BJP and Congress, the main opposition party in Karnataka, were able to ensure that first preference votes (121 MLAs for BJP and 70 MLAs for Congress) were cast for their candidates, JD(S) was unable to retain the support of all MLAs.

Two of the 32 JDS MLAs rated – K Srinivas Gowda from Kolar to Congress and SR Srinivas From Gubbi BJP – Contributing to reduction of first preference votes for JD(S) to 30 and increase of first preference votes to third BJP candidate to 33 (including excess votes for lead candidate, Nirmala Sitharaman).

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It was a repeat of 2016 when eight Dinar(S) MLAs, discontented with the leadership of the then party leader and CM HD Kumaraswamy, voted via Congress and defeated JD(S) candidate BM Farook. The eight were suspended and joined Congress ahead of the 2018 state elections.

Sources familiar with the strategies involved in the Rajya Sabha polls in Karnataka have said that many dispersed forces among the political parties have come together to exploit the weaknesses of JD(S) to prevent the victory of its candidate, Kuppendra Reddy, a wealthy real estate businessman. 815 crores of wealth.

Sources involved in Rajya Sabha polls said the loss is likely to reduce the AKP leadership’s standing in the dominant Vukalija community, which is the party’s driving force, at the expense of the BJP’s securing victory for its movie star S Jagish. to society.

Reducing the popularity of the leadership of the Janata Party (S) – comprising of former Prime Minister HD Devegowda, HD Kumaraswamy and his brother HD Revanna – is crucial in opinion polls for the BJP and the Karnataka Congress.

Elections to the 224 state assembly in 2004, 2008 and 2018 resulted in pending rulings, with BJP, Congress and JD(S) participating in the votes and JD(S) emerging as kingmaker in 2004 and 2018 by winning 30-60 seat in southern Karnataka.

In current Rajya Sabha polls, the wrench has been thrown into Dinar(s)’s plans to grab the fourth Rajya Sabha seat (by attracting 24 excess Congress votes and 31 plus BJP votes) through Congress’ move to introduce a Muslim. Candidate Mansoor Ali Khan and Dinar (Q) dares to support him.

Prior to the election, HD Kumaraswamy accused former Congressional CM Siddaramaiah of failing to comply with his party’s demand for support and presenting a candidate who could not hope to win without the support of JD(S).

JD(S) introduced Kuppendra Reddy as her first candidate in the Rajya Sabha elections. He is an entrepreneur, social worker, and progressive thinker. He is a seasoned member of the Rajya Sabha and all parties should support him with an open mind. “To strengthen the secular forces, Congress must fully support it,” Coomaraswamy said.

The state Congress refused to play ball after obtaining clearance from the party’s central leadership and exploited weaknesses in the JD(S) ranks to show its leadership as weak and lacking in control of the party’s MLAs.

“Isn’t Coomaraswamy responsible (for the BJP victory)? We were the first to field a candidate for the election. We got 25 votes. Who fielded their candidate on the second day? Could they not have avoided fielding a candidate? When Deve Gowda was sent (in 2020), was We also submitted a candidate?Who helped the BJP win?Sidaramayah said in response to Coomaraswamy’s allegations that Congress is helping the BJP, “They helped the BJP win.

“We have suffered from joining hands with them (JDS) for the Parliament elections,” Sidaramayah added.

The Congress also played the card of presenting its second candidate with a view to calling JD(S) as the BJP “Team B” in case the BJP-JD(S) converges for the fourth seat.

The sources said that the failure of the AKP leadership to keep its squadron together is likely to increase the political stock of the state’s congressional leader, Dr. K. Shivakumar who kept the votes of the Congress coherent. Shivakumar is a contender for the leadership of the Vokkaliga community in southern Karnataka which currently lies with Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy.

Incidentally, apart from the two opposing votes by the JD(S) MLAs, the third BJP candidate, Lahar Singh Siroya, a member of the minority Jain community, also got the second preferential votes from two MLAs linked to Congress and the JD(S). Sources said this indicates that the forces beyond the BJP, Congress and Dinar Devic came together to facilitate Seroya’s victory.

The loss of Dinar (Q) spread the party’s internal unrest into the public sphere. Coomaraswamy accused Srinivas of cheating the party into voting for the BJP. The MLA responded by accusing Coomaraswamy of fielding candidates in the elections on the basis of payments.

He voted for the BJP. He claimed that he made a blank voice. All votes that were shown to us have been credited to our account. Today he showed his true colors. “We will complain to the voters,” Coomaraswamy said of Srinivas.

The MLA of the Gopi said in its response: “I will not be submissive to anyone. I will act according to my conscience. It is a great drama. Kumaraswamy is like a chameleon. He thinks he knows everything. There are many people who know things better than him. The boat is sinking and so he behaves this way “.

He continued, “They collect money from the rich saying that they will get electoral seats. Just as people in villages own small plots of land for their livelihood, this is how they run the party – it is a way of making their living. They do everything on the basis of payment. If you pay. They have cash, you’ll get a ticket to run.”

In the 2018 elections, the leadership of the JD(S) saw it as a personal challenge to defeat the MLAs who had voted in Rajya Sabha polls two years earlier. They ended up securing the defeat of the MLAs who ran in state elections on congressional tickets.

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