Bengaluru, Apr 17: In a swift reaction to BJP's move of placing former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa in the helm of state affairs, the JD(S) has unanimously selected it's state chief, H D Kumaraswamy as chief ministerial candidate for 2018 assembly elections.
In a meeting held at a resort in Mysuru, the JD(S) members unanimously resolved to chose party president Kumaraswamy as their chief minister candidate. This fresh move has come after BJP on April 14 made one of party's stalwarts B S Yeddyurappa as the president of the state.
The decision of the BJP would certainly facilitate the party to consolidate Lingayat community ahead of 2018 elections in the Karnataka. Yeddyurappa being a Lingayat enjoys strong support base from his community.
In a bid to counter this strategy, the JD(S), which is being run by Gowda family (Dynasty), was quick to announce Vokkaliga leader, Kumaraswamy as Chief Minister candidate. In a day long meeting at a resort in Mysuru, this decision has been taken. This would facilitate the party to galvanise support from Vokkaliga base.
On Saturday evening, after a meeting at a resort in Mysuru, this decision was made by JD(S) MLAs and leaders. "The party , in its legislature party meeting, has unanimously decided to nominate H D Kumaraswamy as our chief ministerial candidate for the 2018 elections," said NH Kona Reddy , JD(S) spokesperson and MLA from Navalgund.
All is not well in JD(S)
For a meeting held in Mysuru, as many as 10 JD(S) MLAs marked their absence. The absence has casted spell of conspicuous, with even close friends of Kumaraswamy, Chamarajpet MLA Zameer Ahmed Khan and Nagamangala MLA Cheluvarayaswamy not attending the meeting.
However, Kumaraswamy told press that 7 MLAs did not attend the meeting citing health issues and information on 3 other absentees has not been conveyed to the party.