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Updated: 31-10-2018 18:30 IST

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

both parties.

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

the JD(S).

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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