JD(S) keeps door open for tie-up with Congress

MANGALURU: Janata Dal (Secular) patriarch HD Deve Gowda on Saturday while categorically ruling out any future political truck with BJP, subtly hinted at possible rapprochement with the Congress post byelection to 17 assembly constituencies in the state in December. This depends on stand that Congress high command takes once bypoll results are out and gives clarity on where respective parties stand in terms of numbers, he said.
Interacting with media, Deve Gowda, who later canvassed for JD(S) candidates in fray for MCC council polls, said he will tour entire Karnataka to reorganise/strengthen this regional party. “I have the strength and resolve at this advanced age to ensure that a party rooted in secular ideals is there for the people,” he said adding this is also in line with an offer he had made to former CM Siddaramaiah in the run up to state assembly polls in 2018.
Reiterating party’s stand of going it alone in the by-elections, while not willing to commit on number of seats that party would win, Deve Gowda said he is certain that JD(S) will come up with satisfying performance. While it is voters who have the final say, Deve Gowda said it is miracle that BJP which is expert in ‘Operation Kamala’ stopped at poaching only three of its MLAs compared to 14 from the Congress that led to BJP coming to power.
Not discounting the possibility of mid-term polls to state assembly in 2020 given that BJP has its share of problems and Congress under Siddaramaiah is busy with party reorganisation, Deve Gowda took a jibe at his once protégé over upcoming bypolls. “People first need to believe what Siddaramaiah says in the first place,” former PM said hinting at Siddaramaiah’s silence over his and Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s defeat in general elections.
On a section of party MLCs not being happy with party leadership over denial of ministerial berths and other positions and wanting to shift political allegiance, Deve Gowda said he is seized of this issue. “Even senior MLC Basavaraj Horatti has voiced his opinion on this,” Deve Gowad said adding a meeting of all party MLAs/MLCs will be held in Bengaluru next week when they are in town for legislative business and issues sorted out.

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