Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy Defends Dynastic Politics; Claims That It Has Helped Regional Parties Thrive

Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy Defends Dynastic Politics; Claims That It Has Helped Regional Parties ThriveKarnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy (Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Defending his move to field three of his family members in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has said that Dynastic Politics have in-fact helped regional parties to thrive.

Speaking to Deccan Herald and Prajavani, he said “Dynasty politics has lost its meaning. This trend is prevalent in many states. Not just in regional parties - dynasty politics is prevalent in the Congress and the BJP too. In my opinion, regional parties are thriving only because of dynasty politic politics is prevalent in the Congress and the BJP too. In my opinion, regional parties are thriving only because of dynasty politics”.

He added that some regional parties have survived only because of certain political families and cited DMK, NCP, SP and RJD as examples.

He supported his move to provide tickets to family members by saying that he is merely yielding to the demands of the people and party workers by letting them contest the elections. JD(S) is contesting Chief Ministers son Nikhil Kumaraswamy and nephew Prajwal Revanna from Mandya and Hassan respectively.

The party and Kumaraswamy have been facing backlash for promoting dynasts instead of giving chance to local party workers. Earlier, there were reports of a social media campaign against Nikhil to withdraw his candidature.