Prevalent upheaval in the three major political parties in the state appears to have boosted the confidence of lone-ranger Mahima Patel, state president of Janata Dal (United), who is looking to fish in troubled waters by attempting to revive the Janata Parivar as an alternative to Congress and BJP in the state.
Notwithstanding several failures on earlier occasions, Patel plans to take a cue from Aam Aadmi Party, that rode on the back of the Anna Hazare movement to become a force reckon with — at least in Delhi and Punjab. He has decided to make one more attempt with centenarian freedom fighter HS Doreswamy at the forefront.
“An alternative political platform is the need of the hour as BJP and Congress have failed to fulfill the aspirations of people, especially the younger generation. What we need is a political party that propagates caste-less and cash-less politics,” said Doreswamy, who plans to launch an indefinite sit-in (Satygaraha) against the Union government’s illconceived economic policies on February 6 in Bengaluru.
Patel, son of former CM JH Patel, said like-minded leaders across parties will leverage Doreswamy’s movement in order to forge a partnership before planning further course of action. “Anna Hazare’s movement was historic as it spawned a new wave of politics in India. Likewise, Doreswamy’s Satyagraha can take politics in Karnataka in a new direction. We can push for a new kind of polarisation in the state,” said Patel.
The initiative coincides with disgruntlement in BJP ahead of the cabinet expansion exercise and chaos in the state Congress over appointing a president of the state unit. Incumbent Dinesh Gundurao had resigned in December, but there is a squabble over a suitable replacement.
Patel is hoping against hope senior BJP MLAs, especially wealthy ones like Murgesh Nirani and Umesh V Katti, will join him in building a formidable alternate political force.
“There are some functionaries, including those from the old Janata Parivar, who are unhappy with their parties. If they all to come together on a common platform, it will be possible to revive the Janata Parivar,” said former minister and senior JD(S) MLC Basavaraj Horatti.
While several preliminary meetings were held at Patel’s residence, the team is planning to meet again on February 16 and 23 to discuss the way forward.
However, many leaders say it is another futile attempt as there is little or no scope for an alternative party in Karnataka, especially with the BJP becoming a force to reckon with.