Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-04-20 13:34 Bengaluru: When Bengaluru was burning with garment workers’ protest turning violent on Tuesday, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s quiet dinner with rebel JD(S) leaders has caught the JD(S) camp unawares. The dinner was hosted by JD(S) leader from Gauribidanur K Jaipal Reddy and Zameer Ahmed Khan, who, of late, have been termed as rebel leaders by their party. Speculation is rife that the two leaders, who are having a cold war with their party state president H D Kumaraswamy, are planning to switch their loyalties and hence the dinner with Siddaramaiah was planned. It may be recalled here that JD(S) leaders Zameer Ahmed Khan, N. Cheluvarayaswamy and Magadi MLA Balakrishna Gowda had skipped the JD(S) party executive meeting held in Mysuru recently. When reporters asked Kumaraswamy about the rumours of them joining hands with Congress, the former chief minister had rubbished them. He had further stated that even if they were meeting chief minister, it could be with regard to their constituency. But Siddaramaiah’s move is being considered as an attempt to shut up his critics in his own party. Siddaramaiah is still considered as an outsider by the Congress loyalists and they spare nothing to demonstrate their views against the chief minister, whenever there’s an opportunity. Besides, the demand for a dalit chief minister is ever growing cornering Siddaramaiah. Meeting rebel JD(S) leaders could be his answer to his detractors, is what many Congress leaders call. But Siddaramaiah – even after he left the JD(S) party – still enjoys a good rapport with JD(S) leaders and his friendship with HD Revanna continues to this day, said a senior Congress leader. One need not read too much into him partaking in the Tuesday’s dinner, the leader added.