Analysis: The Enemy Within

Analysis: The Enemy Within

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 2016-02-11 19:49 Bengaluru: Intra-party feuds seem to have taken a toll on Janata Dal (Secular), with the party appearing direction-less and devoid of any political strategy to revive its sagging fortunes in the state.Instead of acting as a responsible opposition party, toothless leaders from the party are busy waging covert battles amongst themselves.The noises of discontent in the party seem to have begun with the denial of MLC ticket to Bhavani Revanna, wife of HD Revanna. Some observers say the move resulted in the defeat of JD(S) candidate in the MLC elections, a real loss of face for HD Devegowda and HD Kumaraswamy. Later, HD Revanna’s family stayed away from the mahurat of the Nikhil Gowda’s film Jaguar at Kanteerava Stadium.The family feud appeared to have escalated when Bhavani Revanna went ahead and filed her nomination for the ZP seat from Holenarasipura taluk in Hassan district, the hometown of Devegowda.Bhavani is expected to sail through and become president of Hassan ZP, which will cause heartburn among many of her detractors. A day before filing her nomination, her brother-in-law and former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, speaking to press persons from Devadurga in Raichur district, denied having any knowledge of Bhavani Revanna contesting. The last word has not been said in this tussle, the outcome of which will be intriguing to watch.It’s not just the family feud that has rendered the party adrift, indiscipline within the party has reared its ugly head time and again. Iqbal Ansari, JD(S) MLA from Gangavathi in Koppal district, openly challenged Kumaraswamy to take action against him. He also declared that he was virtually with the Congress.The party is also not well-placed in the upcoming three by-polls. The party honchos were keen fielding grandson of Jaffer Sheriff, Rahman Sheriff, from Hebbal. But the flip-flop of former railway minster and Congress leader Jaffer Sheriff, who dropped hints that he would let his grandson contest on a JD(S) ticket but later did a U-turn, upset them. now, the party has chosen to field Ismail Sherif, an unknown candidate to harm the chances of Rahman Sheriff.What has also angered the party leadership is the open support given by party MLA Zamir Ahmed to Congress’ Rahman Sheriff.Zamir had stated that the party’s move would benefit BJP candidate Y Narayanaswamy, who is from the Vokkaliga community. Enraged, Devegowda replied by calling Zamir 'Mir Sadiq', a remark which has widened their differences.Observers say that Zamir Ahmed will not the insult lying down and will hit back at a suitable opportunity.