Staff Correspondent

They had joined the BJP last year

‘Fear of losing party membership is the reason’

You will be treated with respect: Kumaraswamy

Mysore: Six of the eight Janata Dal (Secular) corporators who defected to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) last year during the Mayoral poll, returned to their parent party in the presence of the former Chief Minister and State JD (S) president H.D. Kumaraswamy here on Sunday.

Significant move

This is a significant development in view of Mayoral poll which will be held shortly. Corporators R. Lingappa, Kempanna, Prabhumurthy, T. Devaraj, Lakshmamma and Quamaruddin who met the former Chief Minister in the Government Guest House on Sunday expressed their willingness to return to the JD (S).

Expressing his happiness over the corporators’ decision to return the party, Mr. Kumaraswamy told them that they would be treated with respect and that they were welcome to rejoin the party.

Mandya MP Chaluvarayaswamy, MLCs Sandesh Nagaraj and Chikka Madu were among those present on the occasion.

Mr. Kumaraswamy had made an attempt to bring back the corporators to the party fold in the wake of Mayoral poll to be held this month.

In near future

Two other corporators H.N. Srikantaiah and K.V. Mallesh who left the party are also expected to rejoin the JD (S).

It may recalled that Mr. Kumaraswamy had knocked the doors of the court when JD (S) members of Mandya and Kollegal Municipal Councils defected from the party following which they lost their membership under the anti-defection law. This development led the defected JD (S) corporators to return to the party fold under the fear of losing their membership, sources said.