MANGALORE: There is widespread resentment among the JD(S) workers of the district
over their erstwhile leader Sucharitha Shetty who has now joined the BJP fold for no
valid reason. Shetty who enjoyed several positions courtesy the JD(S) had even been the
Though it is natural for politicians to defect when their parent party does injustice to them
or fails to grant them suitable status, this has not been the case with Sucharitha Shetty,
argue party men. The only reason for Shetty?s defection is his greed for power, argue
people of his hometown
Shetty has proved that he was no less than any opportunist politician by defecting to the
BJP,while the underlying intention has been to secure a ticket for his wife Sunitha Shetty
to contest from the BJP.
In fact during the previous ZP elections, Sucharitha Shetty could contest and win only
due to two other JD(S) leaders Diwaker Shetty and MAS Aboobakker who were ticket
aspirants but finally decided to backtrack allowing Shetty to contest. Another JD(S)
leader Amarnath Shetty was also instrumental in Shetty getting the ZP chief?s post
despite being a first time ZP member, by seeing to it that another senior JD(S) leader
Azeez Malar could not make it to the top.
Now, the general feeling among JD(S) workers is that he has ditched the party in the
eleventh hour by totally neglecting his parent party and its workers who cooperated with
him and strived for his success. It is said that though the JD(S) had permitted his wife
to contest from the party, he had turned down the offer saying neither him nor his wife
would contest the polls this time.