There are issues in uniting Cong& JDS workers, says Gowda
Bengaluru, Oct 31 (PTI): With just three days left for
by-polls in Karnataka, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda
Wednesday conceded there are issues over unitingCongress and
JD(S) workers at the grass root level, consideredas arch
rivals, in some constituencies.
"In Mandya there is not much harmony (among workersof
both parties), because we took a decision in just one or two
weeks (to go for by-polls together)," Gowda said.
Speaking to reporters in Shivamogga, the JD(S)supremo
said "still to an extent at the grass root level,there are
issues with regard to uniting workers.
I'm nothiding anything from you," he said.
Congress legislature party leaderSiddaramaiah had also
recently spoken about "initial hitches" betweenworkers of
By-polls for three Lok Sabha constituencies-Shivamogga,
Ballari and Mandya and two assembly segments- Ramanagara and
Jamkhandi, will take place on November 3.
The counting of votes will be on November 6.
The Congress and JD(S), the ruling coalition partnersin
Karnataka, have decided to fight the by-polls unitedly
against the BJP.
Congress has fielded its candidates in Jamkhandi and
Ballari and the JD(S), in Shivamogga, Ramanagara and Mandya.
Gowda said he would visit Mandya and Ramanagarato try
and sort out the issues and added that Congress MP K D Suresh
was working for the victory of the JD(S) candidate in
The two parties which had bitterly fought againsteach
other in the assembly polls, especially in the old Mysuru
region, decided to join hands to form a government as the May
12 assembly polls threw up a hung verdict.
The ruling coalition's decision to fight the election
unitedly is facing stiff opposition in Mandya and Ramanagara,
as most of the party workers and local leaders are opposed to
the party ceding to JD(S) by not fielding its candidate.
The Mandya Lok Sabha constituency and Ramanagara assembly
constituency that come under old Mysuru region aredominated
by Vokkaligas, a community considered a strong votebase for
Congress is supporting JDS candidate Shivarame Gowda in
Mandya and Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy's wife Anita
Kumaraswamy in Ramanagara by not fielding its candidate.
As Congress too has a considerable vote base in the
region, a large section of local party leaders and workers
have expressed strong opposition to support the JD(S)
candidate at several party meetings recently.
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