Kumaraswamy meets rebel Congress leader Vishwanath
Mysuru: JD(S) state president HD Kumaraswamy found himself in the thick of action in Mysuru on Wednesday. The former chief minister was in the city to attend a party event.
Besides a meeting with rebel Congress member and former MP Adagooru H Vishwanath – who has complained to the AICC against chief minister Siddaramaiah – Kumaraswamy allegedly slapped a party worker from Hunsur, for reportedly seeking a ticket for Harish Gowda, son of GT Deve Gowda, the party’s MLA from Chamundeshwari.
With Vishwanath meeting Kumaraswamy for the second time in a span of two months, speculations of the former casting his lot with the JD(S) in the run-up to the election are rife. “Congress leaders have ill-treated Vishwanath. We’ll ensure he gets his due, being one of the senior leaders in the state,” said Kumaraswamy, who added that Vishwanath had severed ties with the Congress, a party the former MP has served for nearly four decades.
Kumaraswamy said that Viswanath had expressed his displeasure at the CM. “He will announce his intent to join another party in a week’s time,” said the former CM.
Vishwanath has reportedly been meeting with his supporters and prominent Kuruba leaders before taking a decision on leaving the Congress. Meanwhile, reports of the former MP being fielded from the Hunsur constituency in Mysuru as a JD(S) candidate triggered a controversy within the party’s Mysuru unit.
Following the conclusion of the JD(S) meet at the Sa Ra Convention Hall here, Kumarswamy was accosted by Prem Kumar, vice-president of the Hunsur taluk panchayat. Prem reportedly demanded that the party field Harish from the Hunsur assembly constituency, which did not sit well with Kumaraswamy. However, after a meeting with the former CM, Prem clarified that Kumaraswamy had not slapped him.