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Congress to contest 20 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, JD(S) gets eight as parties clinch seat-sharing deal

  • The Congress will contest 20 seats and JD(S) eight in the Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka under a deal

  • The deal was hammered out at a meeting between Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) secretary general Danish Ali in Kerala on Wednesday evening

  • The Lok Sabha constituencies that JD(S) will contest are Uttara Kannada, Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga, Tumkur, Hassan, Mandya, Bengaluru North and Vijayapura

Bengaluru: The Congress will contest 20 seats and JD(S) eight in the Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka under a deal finalised by the two ruling coalition partners on Wednesday after weeks of haggling.

The deal was hammered out at a meeting between Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) secretary general Danish Ali at Kochi in Kerala on Wednesday evening, the JDS said.

The Lok Sabha constituencies that JD(S) will contest are Uttara Kannada, Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga, Tumkur, Hassan, Mandya, Bengaluru North and Vijayapura.

JD(S) tweeted about the constituencies from where its candidates will be contesting from, on its official Twitter handle.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao tweeted:

JD(S) had won Hassan and Mandya Lok Sabha seats in the 2014 general election. The Congress had bagged nine and BJP 17. However in the bypolls, the BJP had yielded the Bellary seat to Congress.

During a recent meeting with Rahul Gandhi at New Delhi, JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda had scaled down his party's demand and asked the national party to allot at least 10 out of the 28 Lok Sabha seats.

The JD(S) had earlier demanded that it be given 12 seats to contest, banking on two-third, one-third formula adopted in ministry formation and allocation of posts of heads of state-run boards and corporations.

According to party sources, JD(S) bagged Tumkur seat after a hard bargain as the grand old party had decided not to cede the constituencies where the party has a sitting MP to the regional partner.

Congress leader SP Muddahanumegowda is the current MP from Tumkur, and a ticket aspirant.

Mysore-Kodagu was another constituency that JD(S) had demanded from the old Mysuru region, but could not bag it due to opposition from Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah as the seat is in his home turf, the sources said.

Sharing of seats from old Mysuru region was an acid test for both the parties as the JD(S) considers it as its bastion, and the Congress has its sitting members from most of the seats there.

The Congress and JD(S), which fought bitterly against each other during 2018 Assembly polls, joined hands to form
the government as the election threw up a hung verdict.

Among the eight seats that JD(S) has got, in Hassan and Mandya the party has its sitting MPs, Tumkur is with Congress, rest five constituencies are represented by the BJP.

While the KPCC chief Wednesday said the party will announce its first list of candidates on March 16, JD(S) is too likely to announce its list in a couple of days.

The JD(S) has already announced Gowda's grandsons Nikhil Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna as candidates from the party bastions of Mandya and Hassan respectively.

While Nikhil is son of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, Prajwal is son of Gowda's eleder son and PWD Minister HD Revanna.

Gowda has also announced former MLA Madhu Bangarappa as JD(S) candidate from Shivamogga.

Madhu is the son of former Chief Minister S Bangarappa and is likely to be pitted against another former chief
minister BS Yeddyurappa's son and sitting BJP MP B Y Raghavendra.

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Updated Date: Mar 13, 2019 23:01:24 IST