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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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Lok Sabha Polls Will Be Dynastic Politics & Corruption Versus Development Fight: Nadda

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Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the LS polls

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda has said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will be a battle between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Addressing party workers from Mumbai’s western suburbs during his visit to the metropolis on Wednesday, Nadda said under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, India is well on its way to become the third largest economy in the world from fifth now.

Attacking anti-BJP opposition parties, he alleged that they were either dynastic or steeped in corruption.

“You have to reach out to voters and seek their support for a fresh mandate (for BJP at the Centre). First-time voters in the last ten years have seen only development and not corruption like previous governments,” Nadda asserted, referring to the decade-long rule of the Modi administration that started in 2014.

He said the Lok Sabha elections, likely to be held in April-May, will be a fight between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Dynastic politics and corruption will lead to destruction, Nadda said and highlighted the BJP’s development agenda.

Earlier in the day, Nadda met BJP office-bearers from all the 36 assembly constituencies in Mumbai besides party MPs and MLAs from the metropolis.

In his address, Nadda asked BJP leaders from Mumbai to ensure the party ideology reaches the last person in society and urged them to give a befitting reply to opposition attacks on the saffron outfit and its government.

He advised BJP leaders to extensively use social media and seek support of prominent personalities on issues of public interest.

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the national polls.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP and its then-ally, the undivided Shiv Sena, won three seats each in Mumbai. In the Maharashtra assembly polls held in October that year, the BJP won 16 of the 36 seats in the city, while 14 were bagged by the Sena.

The state, where the BJP is in power in alliance with the Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and the Ajit Pawar-headed NCP, has a 288-member legislative assembly.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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BJP to Release Documentary on Alleged Atrocities Against Women in West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali

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The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am (Image: X/BJP)

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections

The BJP is set to release a documentary on Sandeshkhali on Thursday with the party intensifying its attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government over the alleged incidents of atrocities and sexual assault on women there.

The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am, the BJP said in post on X, asking Banerjee in Bangla, “Didi ke bolo aaro koto ‘Sandeshkhali’ (Tell didi how many more Sandeshkhali like incidents)”.

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

The riverine Sandeshkhali area — situated on the borders of the Sunderbans, about 100 kilometres from Kolkata — has been witnessing protests after the local women accused absconding Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sheikh Shahjahan and his supporters of land grab and sexual assault under coercion.

Interestingly, ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ is a campaign launched by the TMC after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to provide a platform for the people of West Bengal to directly raise their concerns or lodge complaints with Chief Minister Banerjee.

The TMC’s move was reportedly aimed at countering the BJP in the state.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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