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File photo: Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy.(PTI)

‘Political murder’: Kumaraswamy decries death of Karnataka legislative council deputy chairman

By Venkatesh Babu | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 12:09 AM IST
The former CM said Dharmegowda was very hurt by the way he was treated by some members during the recent council proceedings.
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Karnataka council deputy chairman SL Dharme Gowda’s body at the railway track.(Videograb)
Karnataka council deputy chairman SL Dharme Gowda’s body at the railway track.(Videograb)

Days after row, Karnataka House deputy chairman found dead

By Venkatesh Babu | Hindustan Times, New delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 04:18 AM IST
According to the initial probe by the police, 65-year-old Dharmegowda, who belonged to the Janata Dal (Secular), appeared to have died by suicide, and an alleged death note found near his body was being examined.
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“It is a political murder that has taken place today. The truth should come out as soon as possible about who is responsible for his death,” said Kumaraswamy.(PTI)
“It is a political murder that has taken place today. The truth should come out as soon as possible about who is responsible for his death,” said Kumaraswamy.(PTI)

‘It is a political murder’: Kumaraswamy on Dharmegowda suicide

By Asian News International | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON DEC 29, 2020 02:36 PM IST
Karnataka Government has also condoled the demise of SL Dharmegowda. The cremation will be done with a limited number of people and by following all Covid-19 norms, according to the State Government.
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File photo: Former Karnataka chief minister and JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy.(PTI)
File photo: Former Karnataka chief minister and JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy.(PTI)

Kumaraswamy bats for farm legislation, Deve Gowda criticises Congress

By Venkatesha Babu | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 10:49 PM IST
The former Karnataka CM said that the ongoing farmers’ protest had started attracting the attention of not only the country but the entire world.
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The JD(S) recently helped the BJP pass a controversial farm bill in the upper house in the state where the BJP does not enjoy a majority.(PTI file photo)
The JD(S) recently helped the BJP pass a controversial farm bill in the upper house in the state where the BJP does not enjoy a majority.(PTI file photo)

JD(S) denies plan to merge with BJP

By Venkatesha Babu | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2020 08:10 AM IST
JD(S) chief and former Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy, said: “The Janata Dal (S), which is a party of Kannadigas with self-esteem, will never think of political merger. The party, which is a strong voice of the people, will never display such stupidity. At the most, we may extend issue-based support to the BJP if needed in the public interest. There is no importance for any imaginary reports on the political merger.”
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Former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.(PTI)
Former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.(PTI)

‘May extend issue-based support to BJP but no merger’: HD Kumaraswamy

By Asian News International | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Bengaluru
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 10:03 PM IST
Kumaraswamy asserted that JD (S) took many welfare measures and the situation of committing suicide by merging itself with the other party has not come.
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JD(S) candidate for Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituency V Krishnamurthy (left) along with former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy arrives to file nomination papers for bypolls, in Bengaluru on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)
JD(S) candidate for Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituency V Krishnamurthy (left) along with former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy arrives to file nomination papers for bypolls, in Bengaluru on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

‘Congress’ game plan won’t work this time’: HD Kumaraswamy attacks former ally

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2020 09:22 AM IST
HD Kumaraswamy attacked his party’s former ally, the Congress, with whom he ran the government after the 2018 Assembly election. The government collapsed due to internal differences and defection from several legislators.
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Asserting that it was impossible to maintain social distancing during an election campaign, Kumarswamy pointed out how he had come down with a fever after two days of campaigning in Sira assembly constituency. (Photo @JanataDal_S)
Asserting that it was impossible to maintain social distancing during an election campaign, Kumarswamy pointed out how he had come down with a fever after two days of campaigning in Sira assembly constituency. (Photo @JanataDal_S)

‘If they had common sense…’: HD Kumaraswamy on polls amid Covid

By Venkatesha Babu | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2020 11:53 PM IST
The JDS leader was referring to the assembly polls scheduled in Bihar as well as several bypolls across the country, including the RR Nagar and Sira assembly seats.
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Bengaluru: KPCC President DK Shivakumar is keen to demonstrate that the Congress can take on the BJP under his leadership.(PTI)
Bengaluru: KPCC President DK Shivakumar is keen to demonstrate that the Congress can take on the BJP under his leadership.(PTI)

Karnataka bypoll a huge test for Cong’s DK Shivakumar and JDS’ HD Kumaraswamy

By Venkatesha Babu | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 05:50 PM IST
For the JDS, the bypoll is a question of survival as the two Karnataka seats are Vokkaliga dominated and the party is traditionally seen to represent the interests of this community.
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The state government wants the session, which is currently scheduled for 10 days - till September 30, to be shortened to three days.
The state government wants the session, which is currently scheduled for 10 days - till September 30, to be shortened to three days.

Karnataka legislature session begins, farmers on protest march in Bengaluru

By Venkatesha Babu | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2020 12:58 PM IST
A number of farmer organisations are staging a protest march in Bengaluru against what they say are anti-farmer bills passed by the Centre and the state. Karnataka had passed a law to allow non-agriculturists to buy farmland which they could not do so till recently.
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Former Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy of teh JD (S) and Siddaramaiah of the Congress in happier times.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
Former Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy of teh JD (S) and Siddaramaiah of the Congress in happier times.(PTI FILE PHOTO)

HD Kumaraswamy’s Rajasthan comment sparks Twitter war with Congress

By Venkatesha Babu | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON JUL 29, 2020 08:33 PM IST
Janata Dal (Secular) leader H DKumaraswamy and the Congress sparred over Twitter on Wednesday.
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The JDS leader ridiculed the national party’s ‘save democracy’ campaign being run by it currently in light of developments in Rajasthan. (Photo @hd_kumaraswamy)
The JDS leader ridiculed the national party’s ‘save democracy’ campaign being run by it currently in light of developments in Rajasthan. (Photo @hd_kumaraswamy)

Slouching towards BJP? Ex-ally HD Kumaraswamy goes all-out against Congress

By Venkatesha Babu | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2020 09:39 PM IST
The Kumaraswamy outburst comes at a time when he is increasingly seen by analysts as being soft on the BJP. Even as the Congress has repeatedly attacked the BJP government and alleged massive corruption in the purchase of Covid treatment-related equipment, the JDS has been rather quiet about it.
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Covid-19 has made life and livelihoods difficult, it is unfortunate that charges have been levelled of irregularities in the procurement of Covid-19 equipment, said HD Kumaraswamy.(PTI)
Covid-19 has made life and livelihoods difficult, it is unfortunate that charges have been levelled of irregularities in the procurement of Covid-19 equipment, said HD Kumaraswamy.(PTI)

Kumaraswamy slams BJP, Congress over alleged Covid-19 equipment purchase ‘irregularities’

By Asian News International | Posted by Prashasti Singh | Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON JUL 27, 2020 11:42 AM IST
“By washing dirty linen in public, both the Congress and the BJP are playing a cruel joke on people instead of protecting their lives,” Former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said.
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On Tuesday, Karnataka registered 322 new Covid-19 cases taking the total to 9721 cases in the state which includes 150 deaths and 6,004 discharges. (Photo @JanataDal_S)
On Tuesday, Karnataka registered 322 new Covid-19 cases taking the total to 9721 cases in the state which includes 150 deaths and 6,004 discharges. (Photo @JanataDal_S)

‘Are we waiting to overtake Brazil?’: Kumaraswamy demands 20-day lockdown

By Venkatesha Babu | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 08:26 PM IST
In a series of tweets, Kumaraswamy urged the PM not to put the economy ahead of peoples’ safety.
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In a book published in 1974, Subhash Kashyap, former secretary-general of the seventh Lok Sabha and an expert in constitutional law, recalled that in the 1967-71 period, 142 defections took place in Parliament. As many as 1,969 defections took place in assemblies, causing the downfall of 32 state governments.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
In a book published in 1974, Subhash Kashyap, former secretary-general of the seventh Lok Sabha and an expert in constitutional law, recalled that in the 1967-71 period, 142 defections took place in Parliament. As many as 1,969 defections took place in assemblies, causing the downfall of 32 state governments.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Why defections continue to cast a shadow on politics | Opinion

By Gilles Verniers
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2020 08:42 AM IST
Campaign professionalisation and power centralisation in parties have reduced the role, and loyalty, of legislators
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His son and former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said that Deve Gowda will file the nomination on Tuesday.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
His son and former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said that Deve Gowda will file the nomination on Tuesday.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

Deve Gowda to contest Rajya Sabha election from Karnataka

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2020 12:53 PM IST
The elections to fill the vacant 18 Rajya Sabha seats from seven states will be held on June 19. The last date of filing nominations has been fixed on June 9 while scrutiny of papers would be held on June 10.
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File photo of HD Kumaraswamy. (AP)
File photo of HD Kumaraswamy. (AP)

HD Kumaraswamy demands Covid-19 tax on ‘super rich’ to offset economic losses

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2020 08:49 PM IST
Asking the government to provide immediate relief to farmers, construction workers, cab and auto drivers, garment workers and others, Kumaraswamy said that the economy is unlikely to bounce back quickly, it is important to lower the cost of living.
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File photo of Janata Dal (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy(PTI)
File photo of Janata Dal (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy(PTI)

2 prisoners in Karnataka jail test Covid-19 positive, JD(S) leader Kumaraswamy wants entire prison quarantined

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 07:44 AM IST
JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy, who represents the Ramanagara constituency, in Karnataka assembly, wants Ramanagara prison to be quarantined along with the police, security and administrative personnel in the jail.
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Public gatherings and the presence of large crowds at events such as weddings have been barred under the guidelines for the nationwide lockdown till May 3.(ANI Photo)
Public gatherings and the presence of large crowds at events such as weddings have been barred under the guidelines for the nationwide lockdown till May 3.(ANI Photo)

Former Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy’s son marries amid lockdown

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2020 05:26 PM IST
A video released by ANI news agency featured a large video screen that showed a sizeable number of people present during the wedding rituals.
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Former Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy's son Nikhil Kumarswamy tied the knot with Revathi, the grand-niece of former Congress Minister for Housing M Krishnappa, in Bengaluru on Friday.(ANI Photo)
Former Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy's son Nikhil Kumarswamy tied the knot with Revathi, the grand-niece of former Congress Minister for Housing M Krishnappa, in Bengaluru on Friday.(ANI Photo)

Covid-19 lockdown: Kumaraswamy’s son marries Congress leader’s daughter, reports say more than 100 in attendance

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2020 05:27 PM IST
Karnataka’s Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan had said on Thursday that action will be taken against Kumaraswamy “without a second thought” if lockdown guidelines are not followed during the wedding.
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H D Kumaraswamy alleged on Sunday Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal for lighting lamps in the context of the fight against the coronavirus was a “hidden agenda” of the BJP(PTI)
H D Kumaraswamy alleged on Sunday Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal for lighting lamps in the context of the fight against the coronavirus was a “hidden agenda” of the BJP(PTI)

PM’s appeal on lighting lamps is BJP’s hidden agenda: HD Kumaraswamy

By Press Trust of India | Bengaluru
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2020 12:45 PM IST
The government, he alleged, is yet to provide personal protective equipment (PPEs) for doctors and make test kits affordable for the common man.
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All the ten new ministers had shifted from Congress and Janata Dal (Secular), or JD(S), helping the saffron party topple the 14-month-old coalition government led by HD Kumaraswamy.(ANI)
All the ten new ministers had shifted from Congress and Janata Dal (Secular), or JD(S), helping the saffron party topple the 14-month-old coalition government led by HD Kumaraswamy.(ANI)

Dissent brews within Karnataka BJP after cabinet expansion

By Venkatesha Babu | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2020 04:10 AM IST
The 10 who were inducted into the cabinet are ST Somashekar, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Anand Singh, Byrathi Basvraja, Shivaram Hebbar, BC Patil, K Gopaliah, Narayana Gowda, K Sudhakar and Shrimant Patil.
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With this cabinet expansion, the BJP seems to have for now tried to keep dissidence at bay by not inducting any of the ‘loyalist’ MLAs in the party. (Photo @BSYBJP)
With this cabinet expansion, the BJP seems to have for now tried to keep dissidence at bay by not inducting any of the ‘loyalist’ MLAs in the party. (Photo @BSYBJP)

10 MLAs, defectors from Congress and JDS, to join Karnataka cabinet today

By Venkatesha Babu | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2020 10:42 AM IST
Seventeen members of legislative assembly, including 14 from the Congress and three from the Janata Dal (Secular), had resigned in July last year to help topple the 14-month-old coalition government headed by HD Kumaraswamy.
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The Karnatka bypoll win gives the party, especially the chief minister, a boost. Voters clearly wanted stability(PTI)
The Karnatka bypoll win gives the party, especially the chief minister, a boost. Voters clearly wanted stability(PTI)

The Karnataka win is a boost for the BJP | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2019 09:10 PM IST
It offered stability, while the Opposition was internally torn and weak
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BS Yediyurappa, who came to power with a wafer-thin majority soon after, needed to win 6 out of the 15 seats to hold on to his chair. (Photo @BYVijayendra)
BS Yediyurappa, who came to power with a wafer-thin majority soon after, needed to win 6 out of the 15 seats to hold on to his chair. (Photo @BYVijayendra)

In 12/15 sweep in Karnataka bypoll, BJP also gets a seat it could never win

By Venkatesha Babu | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2020 02:35 AM IST
BS Yediyurappa, who came to power with a wafer-thin majority soon after, needed to win 6 out of the 15 seats to hold on to his chair.
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The Janata Dal (Secular) is focussing on three of the 15 seats in Karnataka where assembly bypolls will be held on December 5.(PTI)
The Janata Dal (Secular) is focussing on three of the 15 seats in Karnataka where assembly bypolls will be held on December 5.(PTI)

Karnataka bypolls: JD(S) focusing on 3 seats to ‘teach defectors a lesson’

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2019 12:49 AM IST
The party has named candidates in 12 of the 15 seats, and is backing an independent in the 13th seat, but the three seats of Hunsur, KR Pete and Mahalaxmi layout are the only ones where the party has decided to bring in heavyweight campaigners.
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A view of Supreme court in New Delhi(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
A view of Supreme court in New Delhi(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Supreme Court on disqualification of Karnataka rebel MLAs soon

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2019 10:41 AM IST
The Karnataka legislators had moved the top court against the speaker’s decision to disqualify and bar them from contesting elections under the anti-defection law till the current assembly expires in 2023.
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Supreme Court of India(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Supreme Court of India(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

SC to hear K’taka MLAs’ plea to defer Assembly bypolls

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2019 09:15 AM IST
The Supreme Court on October 25 reserved its verdict on petitions filed by the 17 Karnataka MLAs, challenging their disqualification from the assembly ahead of the trust vote by the then HD Kumaraswamy government.
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A SC bench headed by Justice NV Ramana told senior lawyer and Congress leader Kapil Sibal that he had already covered all the relevant points exhaustively during arguments in the case.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
A SC bench headed by Justice NV Ramana told senior lawyer and Congress leader Kapil Sibal that he had already covered all the relevant points exhaustively during arguments in the case.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Let us deliver our verdict, says SC on Congress request on Yediyurappa’s viral video

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2019 11:38 AM IST
The Supreme Court had last month completed hearing arguments and reserved its verdict on petitions challenging the disqualification of 17 Karnataka MLAs before the trust vote of the HD Kumaraswamy government.
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Congress leader D K Shivakumar being welcomed by his supporters on his arrival in Bengaluru.(PTI)
Congress leader D K Shivakumar being welcomed by his supporters on his arrival in Bengaluru.(PTI)

‘Not allies’: Siddaramaiah criticises DK Shivakumar for holding JD(S) flag

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2020 06:17 AM IST
The reference was to the rally to welcome Shivakumar back to Bengaluru from Delhi, where he had been in the custody of the Enforcement Directorate for 50 days in connection with a money laundering case.
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