Furthering their divide, the national council of the anti-Deve Gowda camp in the party on Saturday ratified the decision of its national executive to remove Gowda as president and suspend him from the primary membership for six years.
The meeting also elected Surendra Mohan as the new president of the faction, claiming to be the real JD(S).
The resolution removing Gowda as president said the party was concerned over the "continued defiance of secularism by the party president." Gowda also allowed "the defection of 38 MLAs in Karnataka from JD-S hobnobbing with the BJP", it said.
The national executive's yesterday's decisions to reconstitute the disciplinary action committee and the omnibus resolution annulling the actions taken by Deve Gowda were also endorsed by the national council.
In his welcome speech, JD(S) leader MP Veerendrakumar said they had decided to bid good bye to Gowda who had chosen to ally with "communal" forces.
"Gowda conveniently forgets the fact that he himself became Prime Minister on a secular platform with the support of Congress, Left and other secular forces."
Veerendrakumar said it was ironic that Gowda appointed a the very same person he had expelled from the party a few months back as the new Kerala party chief.
He said the party would try to reunite the Janata Parivar and strive towards strengthening the secular platform. The political resolution was moved by Krushna Chandra Patra (Orissa).
The economic resolution presented by Varghese George was also adopted by the council. Surendra Mohan presided over the meeting after his election was announced at the council.