BANGALORE: The political understanding forged by the JD(S) with the BJP to regain the post of deputy chairman in the Council has not gone down well within the party.
In the House of 75, the BJP has 31 (including Chairman Shankaramurthy) and the JD(S) 12. According to sources, the JD(S) which first welcomed the overtures of the ruling Congress to oust the saffron party from the post of chairman and deputy chairman retracted later and decided to go with the BJP.
A senior JD(S) leader in the Council on Friday aired his displeasure.
“The present arrangement to support the BJP to help it to retain D H Shankaramurthy as the chairman and settle for the deputy chairman’s post for the JD(S) has not gone down well in the party,” he said.
Describing the new alliance as a ‘forced marriage,’ another senior JD(S) MLC said, “Since the parents have not endorsed an alliance with the Congress, the reluctant bride and bridegroom have no choice but to go for it (tie the knot with the BJP).”
Former minister and JD(S) group leader in the Council Basavaraj Horatti said the decision to go with the BJP came from party supremo H D Deve Gowda and former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy.
Horatti said the party is yet to decide on its candidate for the deputy chairman’s post, polling for which is scheduled for Tuesday. He said a final decision will be taken on Monday.
Horatti said the BJP had set a bad precedent by removing the chairman and deputy chairman after gaining majority.
“It should not have removed Puttanna from the deputy chairman’s post in 2011 after gaining majority,” he said.
Meanwhile, as dissension mounted within the party, former prime minister Deve Gowda on Friday reportedly assured partymen that he would speak individually to all the MLCs and seek their opinion before announcing the candidate for the deputy chairman’s post.