Except for 2019 polls, no other alliance with Congress: Gowda

The Janata Dal (Secular) will not have an pre-poll alliance with the Congress for any elections except for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, national president H.D. Deve Gowda said here on Sunday.

He told presspersons that the prevailing circumstances in the country were forcing the JD(S) to align with the Congress for 2019. “But in the other elections, like local body polls, we will fight separate battles,” he told party workers in Belagavi.

He said that the district body of office-bearers would be dissolved and new ones would be elected based on recommendation by party workers. “Till then, an ad-hoc committee would be formed here,” he added.

Mr. Deve Gowda was reacting to a quarrel between supporters of party president Shankar Madalagi and Santosh Upadhyaya, city youth wing president. “The committee will have members from all Assembly constituencies and all communities,” he said. He denied allegations that the JD(S)- Congress government was neglecting Bombay Karnataka and Hyderabad Karnataka.

“Some media houses are attributing this to the CM’s caste. Some are saying he is neglecting the region is he is a Vokkaliga. This is not true. Lingayats have ruled the State for 23 years and Vokkaliga leaders, like me and Mr. Kumaraswamy, have ruled it for less than three years. Let us have a discussion about who has contributed to the region in what way. It should be done in the next Assembly session so that there will be no further discussion on the topic in future,” he said.

He said that television channels had not been fair to the government as they were claiming that loan waiver scheme would benefit only Vokkaligas.

“This is not true. It helps all farmers. In fact, Belagavi district has the largest number of beneficiaries,” he added.

He also said that there was no need to attach much importance to a letter by the former Chief Minister Siddharmaiah to Mr. Kumaraswamy.

“Even I wrote letters to the JD(S)-BJP coalition government that my son was part of, some years ago,” he said.

He also said that there was no threat to the coalition government in the State. “Some opposition leaders seem to want Mr. Kumaraswamy’s resignation. But he will not resign,” he said.

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