Mysuru, June 4:- In the last one week or so, nothing seems to be going for the JD(S). With the party chief, A H Vishwanath feeling humiliated that he was sidelined during the urban local body polls, the whole issue threatened to snowball into a major controversy. In fact, Vishwanath, according to sources, was planning to put in his papers as party chief. At a press conference last Saturday, the Kuruba strongman had pointed a finger at tourism minister Sa Ra Mahesh for the sorry state of affairs which resulted in the party doing badly in the council polls.
Sensing the issue could hurt the party badly, Mahesh on Monday was quick to repair the damage. “Vishwanath is a leader from backward communities. He has guided many politicians like me. His service is essential for the party.”
Continuing in the same breath, Mahesh said, “He is a senior politician. He is our state president. He has to guide us and strengthen the party. He is highly experienced in politics. He had decided to step down twice before. He has some health issues. He decided to quit as it makes it difficult for him to strengthen the party across the state. He had discussed it several times and took this decision. A meeting of JD(S) MLAs has been called by CM HD Kumaraswamy on Tuesday. We will convince Vishwanath to not step down. I will also urge him to not quit. We will appoint a general secretary for the party,” he added.
“It is rumoured that Kumaraswamy will start his village stay from Madikeri. If it begins from there, it is a good move. I also stayed in seven villages. I tried to solve the problems there. But we could not work to the level of Kumaraswamy. Nikhil Kumaraswamy will also accompany the chief minister in the village stay. The village stay will be held in all districts later on. It brought a good name for Kumaraswamy,” he added.
“Shifting the Harangi dam is not possible. But we will take action to ensure that there will be no problem for the people. The issue has been brought to my notice. I will discuss with the chief minister about it. Sheets of the dam have to be replaced. Villagers need not worry about it. We have decided to close down home stays at Makkanduru region as it may be affected by floods again. The village panchayat of Makkanduru took this decision. Kodagu district administration has not taken any such decision. Tourists have nothing to worry about visiting Kodagu. We will deliver all the facilities to Kodagu,” he added.
“If it doesn’t rain in Kodagu, farmers of Mysuru, Mandya will suffer. The media reports on rain wreaking havoc in Kodagu this time are far from the truth. District administration and the government have made all preparations. Four-hundred houses are ready. Road, drainage, drinking water and other basic amenities will be provided there. The houses of the 2nd phase will be ready in 4-5 months,” he added. (MR/KS).