The former Deputy Chief Minister authorised to form a three-member panel
BANGALORE: The Janata Dal (Secular) on Wednesday suffered a serious blow with the M.P. Prakash faction of the party comprising several senior leaders quitting the party in the wake of some recent decisions taken by leadership, which were unacceptable to them.
After an hour-long meeting of “likeminded leaders” held at the official residence of the former Deputy Chief Minister, the group unanimously decided to walk out of the party but did not take any decision on the next course of action.
The leaders, including nearly 15 former legislators, authorised Mr. Prakash to constitute a core committee of three members to decide on the political party that they should associate themselves with.
Incidentally, the former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) president H.D. Deve Gowda has stated that all those who want to leave the party can go.
The former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, however, held discussions with Mr. Prakash a few days ago and requested him to stay with assurances that senior leaders would be consulted henceforth before the party took major decisions.
Those who left the Janata Dal (Secular) along with Mr. Prakash are K.N. Rajanna, B.C. Patil, K. Balaraj, B.T. Channabasappa, B. Chidanand, Amaregouda Bayyapur, H.S. Mahadeva Prasad, M.Y. Patil, H. Ekantaiah, Sharanabasappa Darshanapur, N. Suryanarayana Reddy, Santosh Lad, Ravikanth Patil, H. Anjaneya, N.S. Khed, Mariyappa, S.M. Nagaraj, Narasimha Nayak and Prafulla Madhukar.
The M.P. Prakash faction has invitations from the Janata Dal (United), the Congress, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party.
It has ruled out floating a new party.
Sources in the Janata Dal (S) told The Hindu that several leaders who had threatened to leave the party had returned thanks to the personal interaction that Mr. Kumaraswamy had with them.
They include the former Minister N. Cheluvarayaswamy and the former legislators H.C. Balakrishna, Nagamani Nage Gowda and Vijayalakshmi Bandisidde Gowda.