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Nearly 200 activists resign from primary membership of the party

DHARWAD: The Janata Dal (Secular) received a setback in Dharwad district on Thursday with nearly 200 activists, leaders and office-bearers of the party, including parliamentary board member Gururaj Hunasimarad and the former MLA Shivanand Ambadagatti, resigning from the party’s primary membership.

Addressing a joint press conference in Dharwad on Thursday, Mr. Hunasimarad, Mr. Ambadagatti, the former district unit president of the party Shivanand Holehadagali and Keshav Yadav held the former Minister Basavaraj Horatti responsible for their decision to quit the party.

They criticised Mr. Horatti’s style of functioning and said that they had resigned to protest against the “ill treatment” meted out to the “original” activists and leaders of the party allegedly by Mr. Horatti.

They charged that because of Mr. Horatti some of leaders in the district were denied the party ticket to contest the elections. Even the former MLAs B.R. Yavagal and S.R. Morey who intended to join the Janata Dal (S) were not given the ticket, they said.

Instead of taking the activists into confidence the party president H.D. Deve Gowda had consulted only the MLAs, they said and added that this was another reason for their resignation.

Mr. Hunasimarad said they would decide their next course of action in two to three days. There were invitations from the Congress, BJP and the Bahujan Samaj Party, he said. However, Mr. Horatti clarified that he was not the final authority on taking decisions on allotting the party ticket and Mr. Hunasimarad was aware of it.

“The final decision on the allotment of the ticket was taken by Mr. Gowda and the former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy,”

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