26 September, 2020

Can Congress-JD(S) Clinch A Win In Karnataka?

The crucial element for the Congress in Karnataka is the ­contour of its pre-poll pact with the Janata Dal (Secular).

Congress-JD(S) Co-ordination Committee Chairman & former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah, JD(S) supremo H D Devegowda(R), Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and others during a joint press conference after a committee meeting for Lok Sabha Election strategy, in Bengaluru.
PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak
Can Congress-JD(S) Clinch A Win In Karnataka?
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2019-03-29T12:16:25+05:30

The crucial element for the Congress in Karnataka, besides getting its messaging right, is the ­contour of its pre-poll pact with the Janata Dal (Secular). In the southern Karnataka districts of Mandya, Hassan and Tumkur, the party has been ­hard-pressed to defend its decision to back a candidate of the JD(S). Can the two parties successfully pull off a transfer of votes with joint candidates, is the big question.

“At the level of bringing party workers together, there is a challenge and it will be interesting to see how they manage that,” says political commentator Sandeep Shastri. In Mandya, the Congress has to ensure its party ­workers don’t gravitate towards ­actress Sumalatha, an Independent candidate, while in Hassan, a Congress rebel is now the BJP’s nominee against joint candidate Prajwal Revanna. Besides, in Tumkur, where JD(S) sup­remo H.D. Deve Gowda is contesting, the sitting Congress MP has rebelled by filing his nomination. “The seat-sharing arrangement has created more problems than anticipated,” says...

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