Leaders of the Sakleshpur taluk unit of the Janata Dal (Secular) said here on Thursday that the exit of the former MLA H.M. Vishwanath from the party had not affected the party in any way.

“We have been liberated from Mr. Vishwanath’s dictatorial rule in the taluk,” K.L. Somashekhar, party’s taluk unit president, said at a press conference.

Reacting to the allegations made by Mr. Vishwanath against JD(S) leaders after he joined the Karnataka Janata Paksha, Mr. Somashekhar said Mr. Vishwanath was making false allegations against leaders whose patronage he benefited all these years.

Rally

More than 5,000 people attended the party’s rally in Sakleshpur town which was attended by the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, he said, and added that this itself was enough to show that the party was still strong in the taluk.

“Only a handful of people have joined the KJP along with Mr. Vishwanath. Many popular workers are still with the party,” he said.

He alleged that as long as Mr. Vishwanath was in the JD(S) he did not allow Sakleshpur MLA H.K. Kumaraswamy to take up development works in the taluk.

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