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Citing bad health, Vishwanath says he wants to quit as state JD(S) chief

Prime News, Karnataka, Bengaluru, January 2:- The Karnataka Congress has been dealing with rebelling leaders since the coalition government came to power. The wave of dissent has now moved on to the Janata Dal (Secular) with the party’s state president AH Vishwanath stating that he cannot continue serving as the state chief.

Speaking to the media persons, Vishwanath said, “I have undergone multiple surgeries and am not in the best of health. It will be difficult for me to tour the state and strengthen the party’s base. Such a campaign at a stretch, given my health condition, is not possible. I think it is best to resign from the post of state president,” Vishwanath said.

Although Vishwanath has cited health issues as the reason for his inability to continue serving as the party’s state president, sources in the JD(S) said that he is angry about being sidelined.

Party sources say that Vishwanath, as the state president, has not been given any decision-making powers. “All decisions are taken by H D Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy. No one is given the freedom to carry out works to spread the party’s base. And it has become evident that the first family does not want to expand its scope beyond Old Mysuru,” a JD(S) source said.

Vishwanath, a former Congress leader from the Hunsur area, has a large backing from the Kuruba community. Vishwanath, who had aspirations of climbing up the ranks in the Congress was checked at every move. Many in the Congress say that former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who is from the Kuruba community, had allegedly sabotaged Vishwanath’s attempts to become a strong face in the party. He then defected from Congress to the JD(S) in 2017 on the promise of a seat. He went on to contest as a JD(S) candidate and win from Hunsur in the 2018 Assembly elections. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

 

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