Deve Gowda sacks Karnataka JDS President CM Ibrahim

Bengaluru, Oct 19 (UNI) Karnataka JDS President CM Ibrahim was sacked from his post by former Prime Minister and party supremo HD Deve Gowda as part of a revamping within the party.

Former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Gowda’s son, was appointed the ad-hoc president of the party’s state unit after the dissolution of the state working committee.

Kumaraswamy expressed his dedication to strengthening the party and its growth.

The decision came after Ibrahim made unsavoury statements against the pre-poll alliance between JDS and BJP ahead of 2024 Lok Sabha election.

In this effect, Ibrahim formed a core committee to present a memorandum to the party leader, urging the JDS not to side with the BJP.

Kumaraswamy had criticised Ibrahim’s stance and warned of strong measures against him.

Ibrahim, a former Union Minister, suggested a potential division within the JDS, emphasising his faction’s commitment to the party’s ‘secular’ essence.

He stated that those wishing to join them were welcome, and those wishing to leave were free to do so. The situation is expected to impact the number of aligned MLAs on each side.

In September, the JDS announced its alliance with the BJP, joining the National Democratic Alliance in preparation for the 2024 Lok Sabha poll.

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