JDS legislature party meet on June 5

 "The meeting will also elect a deputy leader and a whip," JDS Spokesman YSV Datta said.

The election of a new leader has been necessitated as the incumbent H D Kumaraswamy resigned from his assembly membership after being elected to the Lok Sabha from Bangalore Rural Constituency.

The JDS has a strength of 25 in the 224-member assembly and is eligible for the status of a Legislature group.

Datta said the JD(S) has also convened a meeting of prominent party leaders to review its performance in the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls, in which it won just three of the 28 seats.

Besides party leader H D Devegowda and his son Kumaraswamy, district unit presidents, state unit office bearers and those who contested the 2008 Assembly and the recent Lok Sabha polls have been invited to the meeting, Datta said.

He said the BJP's "Operation Lotus" has triggered off a factional war in that party and added that though these developments were an internal affair of the saffron party, it has "cast its shadow" on various schemes.

He demanded that the Election Commission order a probe into the allegations levelled by Power Minister K S Eswarappa over distribution of liquor and money in the elections.

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