Swift pre-Assembly election developments, marked by resignations of Ministers and legislators from the BJP and the Janata Dal (Secular), were well received by the principal Opposition in the State, the Congress. Those resigning expressed unhappiness over the state of affairs in the parties.
Now, an uneasy calm prevails in the Congress, particularly among its loyal leaders and workers, after the disgruntled Ministers and legislators moved to join the party. However, nobody has come out openly on these developments, fearing that their views could be misconstrued as a sign of indiscipline, said a senior Congress leader and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) member, here on Thursday.
The friction within the BJP and JD(S) undoubtedly puts the Congress in a good position; but no one can justify the move to admit people into the party whose integrity had come under public scrutiny, and because of whom the BJP had suffered. It is well known that legislators would not join the Congress just for the sake of it, but would only do so after getting some promises , such as the party ticket to contest Assembly elections, ministerial berths or appointments to boards and corporations in the event of the party coming to power.
The KPCC member, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Hindu that several senior leaders had conveyed their feelings on this matter to senior leaders from Karnataka who are members of the All-India Congress Committee and the Congress Working Committee in Delhi.
The eagerness of these party-hoppers to join the Congress well before the elections to the Assembly is only to ensure party ticket to their supporters in the urban local body elections, and to strengthen their voter-base to claim the party ticket to contest in Assembly elections, the KPCC member said.
Even KPCC president G. Parameshwara, who had repeatedly accused BJP Ministers and legislators of being corrupt and who had made it clear that no one whose integrity had come under question would be admitted into the party, had changed his tone. The silence of other KPCC leaders is not difficult to understand. Interestingly, Dr. Parameshwara is apparently playing it safe, by stating that Ministers and MLAs from BJP and JD(S) would need the approval of the party high command, before being admitted into the Congress, thereby absolving himself of any responsibility in the matter, the KPCC member added.
There are reports that the KPCC president has sent a list of aspirants including Ministers and MLAs from rival parties to the party high command, as many of them had sought the party ticket to contest the Assembly election. It would be difficult to find out if the KPCC president had made any remarks against these aspirants in this list.
The KPCC member said that he had spoken to some senior leaders in Delhi, and expressed the feelings he shared with party workers on this matter. The senior leader he spoke to maintained that this was not an easy decision, and the high command would first look into the pros and cons of the matter before allowing Ministers and MLAs from the BJP and JD(S) to join the party.
‘Party-hoppers want to ensure party ticket to their supporters in urban local body elections’ The KPCC president has sent a list of aspirants, including legislators of rival parties
‘Party-hoppers want to ensure party ticket to their supporters in urban local body elections’
The KPCC president has sent a list of aspirants, including legislators of rival parties