BENGALURU: As many as 27 JD(S) legislators, including 11 council members, have put the party on notice, unmasking their deep differences with the party’s first family.
Sources said the strained ties between the legislators and the party’s top leadership — former PM HD Deve Gowda, former CM HD Kumaraswamy and former minister HD Revanna — are beyond repair. After unhappy legislators met about a week ago, Deve Gowda reportedly tried to broker peace but none expressed desire to show up at that meeting.
The development comes ahead of the December 5 Karnataka byelections. Sources said the disgruntled legislators are likely to hold a meeting in Mangaluru in the first week of November to discuss the next step. A senior party legislator said, “When it was in power in alliance with Congress, JD(S) didn’t take seniors or other leaders seriously even in matters like allocating funds for our constituencies. Should we stand with them when they do not want us?”

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