Bengaluru: After poll debacle, JD(S) asks party members not to speak to media

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru

Bengaluru, May 26: Following the debacle in the Lok Sabha elections, the JD(S) leadership has issued a circular to party members barring them from participating in TV debates and even speaking to the press.

The circular is especially significant in the wake of reports about the already troubled Congress-JD(S) coalition further weakening after BJP scored a landslide win in the elections, even though leaders of both parties have put up a united front before the media and sworn allegiance to chief minister H D Kumaraswamy.

The circular was issued by JD(S) working president M S Narayan Rao asking party leaders, spokespersons and legislators to not participate in TV debates or give any statements to the media.

It may be mentioned here that in the days leading to the elections, and even until the counting day, chief minister Kumaraswamy had slammed the media over the coverage of his son Nikhil Kumaraswamy who contested from Mandya and ultimately lost. The CM had repeatedly threatened to boycott the media. The latest gag order on the party members hence comes as no suprise.

Earlier, JD(S) MLAs B C Patil and Lingappa laid the blame squarely on the coalition partners for the party's poor show in the elections.

The BJP has won 25 out of 28 parliamentary seats in Karnataka, while only one seat each was bagged by Congress, JD(S), and independent candidate Sumalatha who is backed by the BJP.

Congress heavyweights including Rizwan Arshad, Krishna Byregowda, B K Hariprasad, Mallikarjun Kharge, as well as JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda lost from their respective constituencies against the BJP candidates.

Earlier, taking the moral responsibility for the Congress party's humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, the party's campaign committee chairman H K Patil had resigned from his post.


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  • readerwriter007, pune

    Mon, May 27 2019

    what they will speak now... nothing to say... as if they have a lot to say ... forget party members.. party leaders also don't have face to speak to media.. they can better speak at home ... any ways, closed chapter now...

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Mon, May 27 2019

    With so much of media interaction of HDK himself flying around so much, it is a good move.
    However, JDS has already made a fool of themselves.

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  • Sachidananda Shetty, Dubai/Mundkur

    Mon, May 27 2019

    Sir…. it’s vice versa sir….. no Media wants to talk about JD(S) anymore!!!

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  • Kumar, Mangaluru

    Mon, May 27 2019

    Now the press reporters are like: JDS yellideerappa?

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Mon, May 27 2019

    It's very difficult for non cadre based parties to reach out to people and mobilize support as and when needed as mighty RSS / VHP does. Their regular briefing to grass root level workers mobilize them support.
    Earlier INC had SEVA DAL, which is almost dismantled after sudden demise of late P.M. Indira Gandhi.

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  • Krishna Dasa, Udupi,.

    Mon, May 27 2019

    Time for JD (S) to close down business and to Join hands with major secular party.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, May 26 2019

    Why BJP loses in all By-Polls ...

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Sun, May 26 2019

    Did you check the by pole results of Gujarath? What about chincholi bypole where khangress defeated by BJP and it increased their strength to 105.
    Goa BJP won 3 out of 4 seats and last time all 4 were with khangress
    A b Delhi karib hai

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, May 27 2019

    Rathan, Mangalore
    In Karnataka it was 1 - 1,
    Moreover it's very expensive to manage EVM's for a few Seats ...

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  • sk, Mangalore

    Mon, May 27 2019

    Still did not come to terms? BJP HAS WON 303 SEATS. CONGRESS JUST 50.

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  • Rahul, Jeppu

    Mon, May 27 2019

    Jossey, In bypolls voter turnout is always low also Modi doesn't campaign for Bypolls

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