Bangalore, June 13 (): Janata Dal (Secular) MPs, MLAs, MLCs and senior leaders will go to Sri Lanka on a four-day junket, in an exercise to find the causes for the party’s dismal performance in the Lok Sabha elections. The trip will be led by H. D. Kumaraswamy, the ex-CM.
This is for the first time that the Janata Dal (S) will be sending around 60 leaders, including all MLAs, MLCs, MPs and other senior leaders to Sri Lanka.
Former CM and Janata Dal (S) leader H. D. Kumaraswamy is taking his party leaders and legislators to Colombo while his father, the ex-PM H. D. Deve Gowda would stay back in Bangalore.
The timing of the trip has baffled the party leaders with several of them saying that the holiday is being sponsored by Kupendra Reddy, their Rajya Sabha nominee. Reddy is one of the most influential real estate tycoons of Bangalore, with assets worth Rs 570.92 crore.
Rubbishing the speculation, Kumaraswamy said Janata Dal (S) is bearing all the expenses for the trip and this meeting was long overdue. Janata Dal (S) needs to chalk out its future plans and it will be a serious discussion.
Gowda said they planned on a trip to Sri Lanka as they do not want any distractions and it is cheaper to conduct a meeting in Sri Lanka than in New Delhi. Kumaraswamy lost the Parliamentary polls.
Janata Dal (S) won 40 seats in last year’s Assembly elections, in the Parliamentary polls it won in just two segments.
A section of the Janata Dal(S) is of the view that Kumaraswamy is trying to win over the rebel party leaders who are ready to quit as they are aware that the JD(S) is a sinking ship. Their future in the next four years is uncertain and many of them are not even on talking terms with Kumaraswamy.
Leaders like Basavaraja Horatti have expressed doubts over attending the meeting in Sri Lanka.
Deve Gowda, on the contrary, has maintained silence over this junket. The three-day trip itinerary has two days in Colombo and the third day will be at a forest resort.