New Delhi: Ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, former Prime Minister and Janata Dal-Secular JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda on Sunday said that his party has agreed to join hands with the Congress yet again to revive the secular forces and oust ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Also Read - Extend Karnataka Lockdown by 2 Weeks as State Yet to Reach Peak in Coronavirus Cases, Recommends Expert
“We are going to share the seats, that is going to be finalised in the next week or ten days,” Deve Gowda said. The JD(S) supremo said that his party will not ask the Congress for 12 seats out of the 28 in Karnataka, in view of the coalition government governing sans any problem. Also Read - UK Variant Dominant in North India, Double Mutant in Maharashtra, Gujarat; COVID Spreads Tentacles in Southern States | Highlights
“Being the JD(S) head, I will not give a chance for the coalition government in Karnataka to face any danger,” he said referring to the seat-sharing formula which remains unsolved between the two parties. Also Read - Karnataka Reports Highest Ever Single-day Count with Over 50,000 Fresh COVID-19 Cases, Nearly Half From Bengaluru
Deve Gowda further added that he was hopeful that the Congress will not be insisting on sparing some of the seats to its coalition partner. This comes in the wake of JD(S) seeking Mandya and Mysuru seats besides Tumakuru and other Lok Sabha seats.
The Coordination Committee of both the JD(S) and the Congress will meet on March 4, Monday and discuss the seat-sharing which will be finalised later at the high command level.
Last year after the Karnataka Assembly elections, Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) had joined hands against the BJP to form a coalition government in the state.
About Lok Sabha Elections 2019:
General elections to form the 17th Lok Sabha is scheduled to be held between April and May 2019. Lok Sabha MPs, 543 in number, are elected through voting. In the last general elections to Lok Sabha of 2014, BJP-led NDA had defeated the Congress-led UPA to win by a landslide victory.