BENGALURU: Prajwal Revanna, the enfant terrible of the JD(S)’s numero uno family, has said that some people in the party practising ‘bucket politics’ had conspired to spoil his name. ‘Bucket’ is a street usage in Kannada used to imply sycophancy. This is the latest jibe by Prajwal, son of H D Revanna, who had earlier referred to the existence of a ‘suitcase culture’ in JD(S).
While addressing a meeting of party workers on October 10 in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Prajwal said, “There are some people from Hunsur who are worried that I will grow and their ‘bucket politics’ and their deals will be spoilt by me. They are afraid that there will be no chance for theft and they will not be able to grow. Such people have systematically planned to weaken me and tried to bring a bad name to me. I am very pained by this. Till then, I had not realised that seven years of hard work could be destroyed in one day by a single person.”
He was referring to the flak he received after he made the ‘suitcase culture’ comment.
Expressing his desire to contest from Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituency, Prajwal said it was the only place he had attended a public event after Hunsur as he seemed to have a strong connection with the people of the constituency. “People here have shown me a lot of affection and given me strength which made me want to come here and talk to you,” he declared.
Prajwal also lauded his grandfather and party supremo H D Deve Gowda and his uncle H D Kumaraswamy saying they were two pillars of the party and he and others were merely living in their shadows. “I am not so stupid that I would try to create dissent and go against them,” he said.
Last July, Prajwal had spoken in public at Hunsur about the existence of a ‘suitcase culture’ in the party, saying such people were given preference while those who had worked hard in the party were relegated to the background.
The statement caused a furore, especially since it was made after he was denied a ticket from Hunsur as the party had assured the ticket to longtime Congress veteran A H Vishwanath, who had shown his keenness to join JD(S). Prajwal was later chastened by Gowda after which he had maintained a low profile.