Former Union minister CM Ibrahim took over as state chairman of the Janata Dal (secular) on Sunday as the Karnataka regional team pursued their new strategy of harnessing the minority vote by outpacing Congress.
Ibrahim quit Congress in early March after being denied the position of opposition leader in the upper house of the state legislature, reverting to former prime minister and supremo JD(S)HD Deve Gowda under which he served as Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Information and Broadcasting and Tourism from June 1996. Ibrahim also served as Union Minister under I. K. Gujral until April 1998.
“When a Bajarang Dal (Harsha Jingade) worker dies, you (the government) pay ₹25 lakh but when Santosh Patil dies due to KS Eshwarappa’s torture, he does not get any compensation,” Ibrahim said shortly after taking up his new post.
Eshwarappa has resigned as Karnataka’s minister of rural development and panchayat raj after police filed a case against him for encouraging the suicide of entrepreneur Santosh Patil.
Ibrahim said, “The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is playing with emotions to shore up the Hindu vote bank while the Congress has neither vote nor bank.”
The enthronement of the top minority leader as chairman of the JD(S) party is part of the regional team’s strategy which is making strides to help win the votes of Muslims in the state and especially in the Old Mysuru region to help it boost its tally and stand out from those parties’ Congress, HT reported on Friday.
The consistent stance of the JD(S) and its top leadership against right-wing groups and their systematic targeting of Muslims in Karnataka is likely to benefit the party in the upcoming elections as it seeks to take advantage of the distance maintained by Congress from its key support base.
After relying heavily solely on the Vokkaligas, a dominant and politically influential community present in large numbers in the Old Mysuru area, the JD(S) is now trying to diversify its reach ahead of the 2023 assembly elections to to maintain his position as “king”. maker” if another fractured verdict is returned.
The BJP is reportedly backed by the Lingayats while the JD(S) saw the Vokkaligas consolidate behind the party in recent elections. The Congress depends on the votes of the minorities, part of the backward classes and the Dalits, among other groups.
However, Congress maintained a stoic silence when the hijab row erupted in Udupi in early January – the party took nearly a month to respond – risking how it will be viewed by one of its biggest bases. Support.
The Congress has for some time been accused of practicing ‘soft-Hindutva’ in the hope of not distancing itself from any attempts by the BJP to consolidate Hindus across the country.
Ibrahim said he would try to revive former Socialists and Lohiaites to help rebuild the JD(S) base ahead of the election.