JD(S) makes most of a fractured BJP in Karnataka
The woes of a fractured Bharatiya Janata Party in the upcoming Karnataka State Assembly Elections have worsened with Anand Asnutikar, joining the Janata Dal (S) on Monday, January 15. Asnutikar, a former Minister in the Yedurappa government, is one of the BJPs most senior leaders in its bastion of Uttara Kannada. At a function held in his constituency, the leader along with several of his followers, joined the JD(S) in the presence of its founder and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and his son HD Kumaraswamy.
With the latest addition to his party, Deve Gowda is now optimistic about his party's chances of winning a atleast of four seats in the saffron party's strong hold. While speaking to the press, the former Prime Minister said that his party was not looking at getting into an alliance with any of the national political parties and expects to come to power on his own in the upcoming elections.
Referring to Mahadayi issue, the JD(S) patriarch said that he will raise the issue in Parliament when time comes. If Prime Minister Narendra Modi do not intervene immediately, the political scenario between the two states will worsen."Karnataka and Goa people live in close relationship. I met Prime Minister and discussed the issue earlier and once again I will try to meet Mr Modi and apprise him about the situation and stress the need for solving the issue urgently. Congress and BJP are politicising the issue which is needed for providing basic drinking water for the suffering people,' he said.
Gowda said that he will not go to people seeking votes to his party candidates on Hindutva card but will seek blessings of voters in the name of Secularism.