Bengaluru: Congress and JD(S) have completed the formalities of seat-sharing for the coming Lok Sabha elections, said ANI on Wednesday. Of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in the state of Karnataka, the Congress would contest on 20 seats while the JD(S) would field its candidates from the remaining eight.
Last week, Congress President Rahul Gandhi met former prime minister and JD(S) leader H D Deve Gowda in Delhi on the issue of seat-sharing. Deve Gowda had anyway assured that his party would not ask the Congress for 12 seats out of the 28 in Karnataka to make sure that the coalition government in the state continued to function without any problem.
“Being the JD(S) head, I will not give a chance for the coalition government in Karnataka to face any danger,” he had said, referring to the seat-sharing formula which remains unresolved between the two parties.
The alliance partners have been quibbling ever since they took charge of Karnataka last year after getting together to keep the BJP, which had emerged as the single largest party, out of the picture.
The relations between the two partners have been strained for a while now. Only last month, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara had said at an event that he was denied the post of chief minister three times because he belonged to a Dalit community. He said, “I reluctantly accepted the deputy CM’s post, which I was not interested in.”
Speaking of other tall Dalit leaders who were denied crucial portfolios or ranks, Parameshwara said, “P K Basavalingappa and K H Ranganath missed the chief minister’s post. The current sitting MP from Kalaburagi, Mallikarjun Kharge, also couldn’t become the CM. I missed it thrice. Somehow, I was made deputy CM.”
A daily even quoted him as saying, “Dalit leaders were not given a chance to be the CM. Dalits are being discriminated against at the government level too. Even though reservation is facilitated, there has been injustice in promotions.”