Deve Gowda hints Oppn parties may not fight LS polls together in states

Admitting that a united third front was the need of the hour to fight the ruling BJP, JD (S) supremo HD Deve Gowda, however, on Thursday hinted that there might not be a joint platform for the Opposition parties from the states, to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections.

He said there have been indications from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP of an early poll in November-December.

Talking to mediapersons here, the JD (S) patriarch, who is in the national capital to attend a Parliamentary panel meeting, said that in Karnataka, his party will ally with the Congress. He admitted that both parties have some issues, which need to be sorted.

‘That does not mean all the parties, who attended HD Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in ceremony in Bengaluru, may fight the polls together in all the states,’ Mr Gowda said.

Leaders from the Congress, Left, AITC, TDP, AAP, BSP and NCP had attended the swearing-in ceremony, presenting unity among the Opposition parties.

Meanwhile, Mr Gowda sought to make light that former Karnataka Chief Minister and co-ordination committee chairman Siddaramaiah’s comment that the coalition government in Karnataka may not survive after 2019 election.

‘It is his feeling,’ he said and added that the JD (S) and Congress did not discuss the seat-sharing formula for the 2019 polls.

‘Mr Rahul Gandhi and Kumaraswamy will discuss and fix it,’ he said.

In a separate development, the Congress has sent its general secretary-in charge KC Venugopal to Karnataka to pacify the miffed Siddharamaiah over the coalition government in Karnataka, party sources said.

A purported video has surfaced, in which Mr Siddaramaiah is heard saying that the JD (S)-Congress government will not survive after 2019. He also questions Mr Kumaraswamy’s plan to present a full Budget on July 5.

The previous Congress government, led by Mr Siddaramaiah, had presented a full Budget in February, before its term was over.

Congress has 22 Ministerial berths in the Karnataka Cabinet, though it has not filled seven seats, due to pressure from different groups, eyeing plum positions within the party.


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