Members of the Janata Dal (Secular), which faced a drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections, are all set to leave to Sri Lanka to formulate a strategy that can help steer the party in the future.

Sixty JD(S) members, including MLAs, MLCs and important former MLAs, MLCs and Ministers, are listed for the trip commencing over the weekend. The getaway includes a day’s stay in a resort.

H.D. Kumaraswamy, JD(S) State president, told presspersons here on Wednesday said the trip was “party sponsored” and not the largesse of any individual within it. This was mentioned in the context of reports that Kupendra Reddy (who has filed papers for the Rajya Sabha election) or D.U. Mallikarjuna, an Independent in the fray (with JD-S support) for elections to the Legislative Council, could be sponsoring the jaunt.

The trip to Colombo is being justified on the grounds that it is cheaper than going to New Delhi.

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