Congress decides on seats' sharing in Karnataka

Congress decides on seats’ sharing in Karnataka

The Congress will contest 20 seats and JDS 8 in the Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka under a deal finalized by the two ruling coalition partners Wednesday, the JDS said. The seat sharing was hammered out at a meeting between Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) secretary general Danish Ali at Kochi in Kerala this evening, party sources said.

JD(S) will contest in Uttara Kannada, Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga, Tumkur, Hassan, Mandya, Bengaluru North and Vijayapura, according to the sources. During a recent meeting with Rahul Gandhi at Delhi, JD(S) supremo H D 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 to his party.

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.

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

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

The JD-S tweeted about the constituencies from where its candidates will be contesting from, on its official twitter handle.

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.

 

 

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