1. The Split In Congress and Rise of Devaraj Urs – The Inventor of AHINDA
The story of AHINDA starts with the expulsion of Indira Gandhi from the Indian National Congress (INC) in 1969.
The party split into Congress (I) and Congress (O). The Congress (I) had the supporters of Indira Gandhi and Congress (O) had the leaders who remained with the original organisation.
Even in Karnataka, the Congress party split into two. The Congress (O) had party stalwarts like S Nijalingappa, Veerendra Patil, Ramakrishna Hegde, Deve Gowda and Kamaraj, who dominated Karnataka’s vote bank.
The Indira faction was led by Devaraj Urs. Even though the Congress (O) asked Urs to join hands with them, he led the party in the state through the 1972 Assembly election under Indira Gandhi’s party flag.
Riding on the popularity of Indira Gandhi, especially after the victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, he won the 1972 Assembly elections in Karnataka.