Mangaluru, Apr 30, 2018: Ashwin Pereira has been expelled from JD(S) party for six years. The move comes from the party after Pereira decided to contest the forthcoming elections as an independent candidate, since the party denied him ticket for the elections.
Ashwin Pereira served as JD(S) Moodbidri president and was expecting party ticket from Moodbidri, but senior leader Amarnath Shetty was chosen instead. Amarnath Shetty backed out from contesting due to which the ticket was given to Jeevan Shetty.
JD(S) district committee president Mohammed Kunhi announced the decision and said, "Jeevan Shetty is the official candidate of JD(S) from Moodbidri. Without any respect for the party leadership’s decision, Ashwin Pereira filed the nomination as rebel candidate. He violated he party principles and disobeyed the party. Hence, we have expelled him for six years. We have also expelled another rebel candidate, Ibrahim Kailaru from Bantwal for six years."
"Earlier Ashwin Pereira had informed me that he was not interested in contesting the Karnataka assembly elections. Because of this, we decided to give him ticket to legislative council elections and he started campaigning six months ago. But now all of a sudden he filed nomination as a rebel candidate for the assembly elections. We have no idea why he did this. Jeevan Shetty has been working for the party for the past 9 years. He is an able leader to represent the people, so we gave him the ticket," said senior JD(S) leader Amarnath Shetty.
"In Dakshina Kannada JD(S) is contesting in 5 constituencies. In Sullia we are supporting the BSP. In the coming days our senior leaders H D Deve Gowda and H D Kumaraswamy will participate in the election campaign in the district," he added.