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Police swarm JD(S) HQ!

S. Rajendran.


A film production unit has moved into the office




Looking different?The Janta Dal (S) office sports a new look.

Bangalore: The massive granite structure, housing the headquarters of the Janata Dal (Secular) on Racecourse Road on Monday sported a platoon of police standing guard.

It wasn't that a rival political party had staked claim to the property as witnessed in 1969 and 1999.

The office has in fact been given to a film production unit for shooting the film “Kempegowda” where the party office has been designated a police station. And with leading Kannada actor Sudeep among the cast, a strong contingent of police has been guarding the premises.

The JD(S) headquarters has a long history behind it.When the Congress split during the famous Congress session at the Glass House, Lalbagh, in 1969, both the factions claimed ownership to the building. While one faction identified itself as Congress (Organisation) under the leadership of late S. Nijalingappa, the other took the name – Congress (Ruling) under the leadership of late Indira Gandhi.

The claim for the prestigious building is pending in the Karnataka High Court even today. In 1999, when the erstwhile Janata Party split into Janata Dal (Secular) and Janata Dal (United), the faction headed by the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda took control of the building much to the chagrin of the JD(U) then headed by the former Agriculture Minister C. Byre Gowda, who was the first State president of the JD(U). It was latter settled that the JD(S) would be in possession and the JD(U) shifted out to a new office in Kumarapark West.

The land on which the office stands is thanks to the munificence of a staunch Congress activist C. Rangaswamy in the 1950's, whose brother-in-law, R. Subbanna, was incidentally the first Mayor of Bangalore.

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