Former Janata Dal (Secular) Karnataka unit chief A H Vishwanath who had helped topple the Congress-JD(S) coalition authorities led by H D Kumaraswamy and who misplaced the current by-polls on a BJP ticket, was nominated to the Upper House in Karnataka by Governor Vajubhai Vala.
Vishwanath who was earlier with Congress had joined the JD(S) after falling out with Siddaramiah and was made the JD(S) state unit chief. However, after variations with the Gowda household which controls JD(S) he had helped topple the coalition authorities.
However, within the December 2019 by-polls held for 15 seats, Vishwanath was one of many distinguished candidates to lose contesting on a BJP ticket. He had over the last few months expressed unhappiness at not being ‘rewarded’ for his position in guaranteeing a BJP authorities within the state. He had additionally promised to write a tell-all ebook known as ‘Bombay Days’ with all the small print of ‘Operation Kamala’ which lead to the formation of a BJP authorities within the state. The title refers to the times that 17 dissident MLAs had stayed put in Bombay (Mumbai) and helped topple the coalition authorities in Karnataka.
Along with Vishwanath, 4 others have been nominated to the Vidhana Parishad by the Governor together with senior BJP leaders C P Yogeshwar and Bharathi Shetty other than Shantharama Budnna Siddi and Dr Talwar Sabanna. A senior BJP chief who didn’t need to be recognized defended the transfer of nominating get together leaders within the eminent residents’ class and said: “Vishwanath has been nominated in the literature category as he has written a few books, Yogeshwar in the arts and culture as he was an actor earlier, Bharathi Shetty is a social activist, Siddi belongs to the tribal community and Talwar to the backward community.”
Political analyst Manjunath said that by nominating Vishwanath and Yogeshwar to the Upper House, CM Yediyurappa has stored his promise to reward them for serving to him come back to energy. Yogeshwar is an outdated political foe of Kumaraswamy. “While it is unfortunate that political leaders who have lost in polls are being sent to the Upper House in this way, all parties have done this and are equally guilty. In a way the current nominations are a careful balancing act of one woman, tribal, a backward class representative as well as two politically important leaders being rewarded. Yediyurappa’s stamp can be seen in the choice of candidates.”