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So Who Is On The Transfer And Who’s Keen To Go?

It’s the season of party-hopping in Karnataka. Political leaders who’ve been feeling sidelined, pissed off with inside rifts and factionalism of their events, or out of simply plain opportunism, have begun leaping ship.

Aspirants for tickets have been knocking on the doorways of political events to enter the election fray as Karnataka heads towards meeting polls within the subsequent few months.


The most recent on the listing is the unbiased MLA from Mulbagal, H Nagesh, who’s all set to affix the Congress. Having met Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar and posed for {a photograph} as effectively, the legislator stated he’s prone to be induced into the get together for this weekend. He supported the BJP in 2019 after withdrawing assist from the Congress-JD(S) coalition.

That episode was a minimum of a potboiler drama.

Having been among the many first ten legislators to withdraw assist and convey down the HD Kumaraswamy authorities in 2019, Nagesh claimed that he was “held hostage by the Congress” in the course of the disaster and was forcibly picked up by a senior Congress chief and brought to the governor to indicate numbers.

Nagesh together with ten insurgent MLAs tendered their resignation as MLAs and remained holed up in a Mumbai five-star resort as friends of the BJP to maintain them from being lured again by the Congress.

The political drama continued as DK Shivakumar claimed that Nagesh had made a determined name to him saying he was being “hijacked by Mr Yediyurappa’s PA and the BJP”.

“By the point I reached the airport to attempt to get him again, the flight carrying Nagesh had left,” Shivakumar informed this reporter in the course of the peak of this poaching drama.

“I’ve determined to assist the BJP,” the chief later stated in an interview in Mumbai in 2019. He later supported the BS Yediyurappa-led BJP authorities and have become a minister.

The Mulbagal MLA was an lively member of the Congress till the time he was denied a ticket by the get together which had elected G Manjunath because the candidate for the constituency. Nagesh gained the seat as an unbiased candidate. This time round he has as soon as once more requested the Congress to provide him a ticket for the Mulbagal constituency, the identical one which was denied within the earlier election.


One other high-profile chief to maneuver to the Congress is former JD(S) legislator YSV Datta who introduced that he would formally be a part of the nationwide get together on January 15. He was elected to the Karnataka meeting from the Kadur seat in 2013 on the JD( S) ticket. Subsequently, he misplaced the election in 2018. He expressed feeling sidelined and ignored for a while now, paving the best way for this transfer.

“The individuals of Kadur have been in search of a change and so they have favored my transfer to the Congress,” the chief informed News18.

Datta had been related to the JD(S) for greater than 4 a long time and owed it to the get together to launch his political profession, he informed this reporter.

“I’ve my causes for my transfer, however I additionally respect Deve Gowda ji a lot that I’m embarrassed to immediately convey this to him,” Datta added.

Two different JD(S) leaders, DM Vishwanath of Kanakapura and Radhakrishna of Mandya, stop the JD(S) to affix the Congress this month.


When flags and large flexes dotted the Mandya skyline forward of union house minister Amit Shah’s go to to the area final week, the one image that caught the eye of all was that of unbiased MP from Mandya, Sumalatha Ambareesh.

Whereas hypothesis is rife that the MP might be a part of the get together quickly, the native BJP management continues to be in denial mode.

Sources near Sumalatha claimed that the posters together with her photograph have been put up by a former Congress chief who lately joined the BJP, S Sachidananda. He had actively backed Sumalatha in the course of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, resulting in her defeating HD Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil within the JD(S) heartland. The Congress expelled him for backing her.

It’s stated that Sachidananda is now aspiring for a BJP ticket from Srirangapatna.

Forward of the meeting elections, a number of Congress leaders, together with SL Lingaraju, joined the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering (BJP) in November 2022. Roping within the leaders is seen because the BJP’s bid to strengthen its footprint within the Previous Mysore area, which historically has been a stronghold of the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular).

The JD(S) continues so as to add to its listing of senior leaders by roping in former Congress MP SP Muddahanumegowda who was elected as a lawmaker from the Tumkur Lok Sabha seat in 2014. He was pressured to maneuver out after the Congress and JD(S) ) had a political understanding and fielded former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda as a consensus candidate in 2019. This upset Muddahanumegowda who stop the get together. Together with him, retired IAS officer BH Anil Kumar and actor-turned-politician Shashikumar joined the Karnataka BJP final November.

The BJP started its operation to lure disgruntled and in a position leaders from different events final 12 months. The distinguished catch for the get together have been former ministers Pramod Madhwaraj of Congress and Varthur Prakash (INDP), Sandesh Nagaraj, and former Indian Income Service officer Dr Lakshmi Ashwingowda of the JD(S).

There are lots of extra who wish to be a part of the BJP, however the closing name is but to be taken, stated income minister R Ashoka.


For the JD(S), the plan is straightforward. It is able to welcome any leaders who’re disgruntled with their events and can guarantee they win most seats.

Former union minister CM Ibrahim who had as soon as been with the Janata Dal (Secular) and later joined the Congress, once more moved to the JD(S), whereas taking over accountability as president of the get together’s Karnataka unit.

Ibrahim had beforehand held the portfolios of aviation, info broadcasting, and tourism beneath the Deve Gowda authorities in 1996. He later joined the Congress in 2008 however had been sulking for a number of years now as he felt that the get together had not given him his due . Upset with the Congress and Siddaramaiah, he despatched in his resignation from the first membership of the get together to Congress president Sonia Gandhi in March 2022. He additionally voluntarily resigned as MLC.

“From the previous 12 years, in my a number of letters addressed to you, I had positioned earlier than you many grievances of the get together and also you had certainly replied that you’ll take crucial remedial measures. However to this point, I don’t see any change, “Ibrahim wrote in his letter from him.

Ibrahim quitting the Congress was primarily seen on account of the get together appointing BK Hariprasad because the chief of opposition within the legislative council, a put up he had been vying for.

The JD(S) has been eagerly awaiting dissident leaders to contact them, particularly presently once they study who could be given tickets and who might be denied. The JD(S) leaders really feel that if they’ll rope in variety of disgruntled senior leaders, particularly from the Congress, their probabilities of being a kingmaker once more could also be excessive—that’s the 2023 polls might throw up one other fractured mandate.

Apparently, JD(S) state president CM Ibrahim prolonged an open invitation to former minister and BJP chief Ramesh Jarkiholi who’s ready within the wings to be inducted into the Basavaraj Bommai cupboard after his shift from the Congress to the BJP in 2019. Social gathering insiders say that talks are additionally on with Congress leaders like former minister TB Jayachandra and former Gangavathi MLA Iqbal Ansari amongst others.

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