24 October, 2020

Karnataka Safe, For Now

Hegde plans to launch a party, but not too many may join him

Karnataka Safe, For Now

STARTING July 1, expelled Janata Dal leader Ramakrishna Hegde will go to the people. That's official. What's unofficial is that he plans to launch a 'nationalist, programme-based' political party. The launch is expected to be announced in August after he completes a month-long tour of Karnataka denouncing the "undemocratic ways of the party (read Janata Dal) that was founded to preserve democracy". A decision about 3,000 Dal workers hoped would be announced when they gathered in Bangalore on June 22 for the party office-bearers' conference convened by Hegde's followers.

"Let us face mid-term elections if they have to take place. This conference could be the opening of a new chapter in Karnataka politics," Hegde announced. "If the Janata Dal leaders who have threatened action against workers participating in this conference stick to their word, it will be the swansong of the party in Karnataka." But beyond that, Hegde added little to his now-familiar raving and ranting against the JD leadership and the party's functioning. The conference...



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