JDS should con­test all 28 LS seats in Kar­nataka: Party local lead­ers to HDD

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Bengaluru: Un­happy with the Congress’ ‘big brother at­ti­tude’ in the rul­ing coali­tion in Kar­nataka, JD(S) work­ers and local lead­ers have asked the lead­er­ship to con­test all 28 Lok Sabha seats in the state in the com­ing Lok Sabha polls, party sources said.

Un­der the coali­tion ar­range­ment, Congress and JD(S) had an­nounced that they would fight the 2019 polls to­gether.

JDS work­ers and local level lead­ers con­veyed their po­si­tion to the party supremo and former Prime Min­is­ter H D Deve Gowda dur­ing prepara­tory meet­ings in eight dis­tricts, the sources said.

Ex­press­ing their dis­plea­sure against the Congress, JD(S) work­ers have ac­cused the party of not treat­ing the ju­nior part­ner in the rul­ing al­liance ‘re­spect­fully’, sources said.

Their at­ti­tude is like that of a ‘big brother’, they al­leged and said that the Congress was “over­look­ing” the con­di­tions agreed upon dur­ing the gov­ern­ment for­ma­tion. Con­firm­ing the devel­op­ment, former JD(S) MLC and spokesper­son Ramesh Babu said party work­ers and lead­ers had opined that the JD(S) should con­test all 28 seats on a ‘friendly ba­sis’ in the com­ing par­lia­men­tary elec­tion.

“Work­ers feel that it is bet­ter to con­test in all 28 par­lia­men­tary con­stituen­cies in Kar­nataka in the com­ing elec­tion,” he told.

The Congress and JD(S) re­port­edly have dif­fi­culty in seat shar­ing in most of the old My­suru re­gion con­stituen­cies, where JD(S) is a dom­i­nant force and Congress has its sit­ting MPs.

Stat­ing that JD(S) had de­manded 12 par­lia­men­tary seats, party sources said there was no pos­i­tive re­sponse from Congress to this. Dis­mayed over Congress’ “big broth­erly at­ti­tude”, cit­ing is­sues that al­legedly re­cently cropped up over ap­point­ments of heads to boards and cor­po­ra­tions, the sources said the lead­ers and work­ers had sug­gested that since JD(S) is part of the coali­tion gov­ern­ment, they could have friendly con­tests in all 28 seats, instead of lev­el­ling charges against that party.

Meet­ings have taken place in Bengaluru, Ko­lar, Chikka­bal­la­pur, Tumkur, Chikka­m­a­galuru, Chi­tradurga and My­suru, they said, adding that af­ter Jan­uary 3, Deve Gowda would elicit the opin­ion of party work­ers in the other dis­tricts. Congress and JD(S) that had fought bit­terly against each other, es­pe­cially in old My­suru re­gion, joined hands to form a coali­tion gov­ern­ment af­ter the May 12 assem­bly polls threw up a hung assem­bly.

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