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‘Status Symbol’: As Splinter Faction Claims to Be ‘Real JD(S)’, Is Party Headed Shiv Sena, AIADMK, NCP Way?

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HD Deve Gowda (left) with CM Ibrahim. (File pic/News18)

CM Ibrahim from the rebel JD(S) camp told News18 that his group will approach the Election Commission for the party name and poll symbol and that they are in talks with Nitish Kumar and the JD(U) to fight the parliamentary elections

After the Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra as well as the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in Tamil Nadu, now the former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda-led Janata Dal (Secular) is facing a ‘symbol’ crisis. The new splinter faction of the party led by its now-suspended state president CM Ibrahim has asked the Election Commission to recognise it as the “real JD(S)” and will also lay claim to the election symbol, of “a woman farmer carrying paddy”, insiders say.

Ibrahim was unceremoniously thrown out of the party for opposing the BJP-JD(S) alliance for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. A day after the announcement was made by JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy of aligning with the saffron party, Ibrahim, who had assumed charge just six months ago as Karnataka unit president, vehemently opposed the move.

“We are the real JD(S). In a core committee meeting held by like-minded JD(S) leaders, we have removed Deve Gowda as the national president,” said Ibrahim in an exclusive interview with News18.

Former Karnataka chief minister Kumaraswamy hit out at Ibrahim for raising a banner of revolt within the JD(S) for the decision made by the Gowda family to align with the BJP.

“If Ibrahim thinks his party is original then let him put up a board that he is the original one. Who is there to stop him from doing so? He can do whatever he wants. He is free to do it. It is left completely to him how he wants to proceed,” Kumaraswamy told the media.

Ibrahim also added that the Gowda family tried to convince him to go along with the BJP, but he flatly refused.

“I am very happy that I understood their (Gowdas’) real colour. They wanted to take me along with them to the BJP; when I refused, they got angry. They do not have anybody with them. They rather threaten the MLAs to keep them with them,” said Ibrahim, who was the union minister for civil aviation when Deve Gowda was the prime minister.

Asked whether they will lay claim to the JD(S) symbol just like the Shiv Sena and AIADMK did when both the regional parties saw splinter groups, Ibrahim replied in the affirmative.

“We are approaching the Election Commission to give our group the authority to sign B forms under the new president CK Nanu,” he added, saying that the splinter JD(S) plans to contest the Lok Sabha polls. “We are in talks with Nitish Kumar and the JD(U) to fight the parliamentary elections. As of now, we have five MLAs from the Karnataka JD(S) supporting us and expect 12 more to join us soon…We will definitely seek that (symbol), or else we will request another party symbol to contest the elections.”

Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have seen similar situations with influential regional parties Shiv Sena, NCP, and AIADMK seeing themselves split right down the centre.

The Eknath Shinde-led rebel faction claimed to be the “original Shiv Sena” and asked the Election Commission to allot it the party’s “bow and arrow” symbol.

A year later, in February 2023, the EC issued an order stating that the Shinde faction would be able to retain the symbol, while the Uddhav Thackeray camp was allowed to have the party name Shiv Sena (UBT) and a “flaming torch” as its poll symbol.

Also, the Ajit Pawar faction of the NCP has staked a claim to the party’s name and election symbol, and hearing over the dispute is on before the poll body.

A similar power tussle for the election symbol of the AIADMK was seen in 2017 after the death of former Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK matriarch J Jayalalithaa. Two factions, one led by Jayalalithaa’s close associate VK Sasikala and another by then trusted lieutenant O Paneerselvam, staked claim to the AIADMK’s “Irattai Ilai” (two leaves) symbol. As the battle reached the courts, the Election Commission froze the two-leaves symbol.

The election to Jayalalitha’s RK Nagar assembly constituency, which fell vacant after her passing, was fought by both factions under two new party names and symbols. The faction led by Panneerselvam was granted an “electric pole” as its election symbol and named AIADMK Puratchi Thalavi Amma. Team Sasikala, which decided to go with the name AIADMK Amma, got a “hat” for its symbol.



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Who Is K Suresh? INDIA Bloc’s Pick Files Nomination For Lok Sabha Speaker Post

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Kodikunnil Suresh, 62, is an eight-term MP and the most senior Lok Sabha member. (PTI file)

The election for the Lok Sabha Speaker post, scheduled for June 26, will be unprecedented since the speaker of the lower house has always been elected unopposed

Congress leader K Suresh on Tuesday filed nomination for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker, challenging NDA pick Om Birla. The proceedings for the second day of the 18th Lok Sabha session began on Tuesday. Om Birla filed nomination for the Lok Sabha speaker post on Tuesday in the presence of top NDA leaders.

The election for the Lok Sabha Speaker post, scheduled for June 26, will be unprecedented since the speaker of the lower house has always been elected unopposed.

Who Is K Suresh?

Kodikunnil Suresh, 62, is an eight-term MP and the most senior Lok Sabha member. He is also the working president of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee and the Chief Whip of the Congress Parliamentary Party in Lok Sabha.

He currently represents Mavelikara Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala.

K Suresh was first elected to Lok Sabha in 1989. He went on to win in the 1991,1996 and 1999 Lok Sabha elections from Adoor.



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Watch: Asaduddin Owaisi Chants ‘Jai Palestine’ After Taking Oath As Lok Sabha MP; BJP Lawmaker Files Complaint

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AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday took oath as the Lok Sabha MP. He chanted “Jai Palestine” after the oath, drawing ire from the BJP.

Owaisi sworn in as member of Lok Sabha for the fifth time from Hyderabad.





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‘Should I Sweep The Streets Now?’ Mamata Lashes Out At Civic Officials Over Encroachment, Roads, Forms Work Review Panel

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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said for any local work, tenders will now be centrally assigned. (PTI File)

Taking note of the TMC’s poor performance in urban areas, Mamata Banerjee said, “This was the worst performance of municipalities…A gang is taking money and making outsiders settle here. They want to change the identity of Bengal, but I will not allow this…”

Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and West Bengal Chief Minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee lashed out at municipality chiefs over their “poor performance and service” in the first review meeting on Monday.

Banerjee started the meeting stating that she will sound bitter because for her common people are important. She said, “This is the worst performance of municipalities, I don’t know why it happened. A gang has grouped and they are taking money and making outsiders settle here. They want to change the identity of Bengal, but I will not allow this…There are dirty roads and nobody looks into it. Should I sweep the roads now?”

Banerjee announced the formation of review committee constituting of CID officers, Vigilance officers and ADG law and order to monitor the performance of politicians and officers. Banerjee said, “Some people think that they will stay for two years and go, but now all their work will be reviewed and monitored by one committee of ADG LO, CID officers and Vigilance officers.”

Chairmen of all municipalities, mayors of corporation, district magistrates, police chiefs attended the meeting.

She also said that along with the review committee, there will be no local tender. For any local work, tenders will be centrally assigned. For this, too, she formed a committee with secretary of land department, irrigation department, DG, ADG LO.

Banerjee said that all these things will be sorted first, and only then will she think of the civic polls, due next year.

She has directed the Howrah police to enquire on Howrah land cases immediately. “My words may be bitter but remember municipalities give service to people,” she said.

WHY THE OUTBURST?

Sources told News18 that the review comes in the wake of the TMC’s poor performance in the urban areas in the polls. Of the 121 municipalities, the BJP has been ahead in 69, while in Kolkata, of the 144 wards, the BJP has been ahead in more than 40. The TMC scored more overall seats than the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections,

A review by Banerjee has revealed that government properties have been encroached upon with the help of one section public representatives and bureaucracy. These “outsiders”, according to sources, have not voted for the TMC.

The survey also pointed out that bad municipal management by councillors and chairman of municipalities, who are unpopular for their cut money, made people turn away from the TMC.

Consequently, Banerjee made it clear that she will not tolerate these practices.

The BJP though has stated that Banerjee has said this because she knows her end is nearing. Samik Bhattacharya, BJP MP, said, “They have done badly, that is why she is scolding her people, but urban people have understood the TMC.”



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