Since the state Assembly polls in May 2018 threw up a hung verdict, the BJP has been banking on a strategy of reducing the strength of the house by getting alliance MLAs to quit and defect in order to be in a position to stake a claim of majority.
The senior Congress leader was canvassing for party candidate Subhash Rathod, contesting the bypoll from Chincholi assembly constituency. The Chincholi seat fell vacant after disgruntled Congress MLA Umesh Jadhav resigned from the assembly to join the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Speaking at the joint election campaign in Jayapura of Chamundeshwari assembly segment in Mysore, he said "this constituency should develop. I have won here five times; this constituency gave me political birth."
As part of a broad agreement, the Congress and JD(S) had decided to divide the 28 Karnataka Lok Sabha seats according to their strength in the Assembly: roughly two-third to the Congress (18 seats) and one-third to the JD(S).
The senior Congress leader’s remarks came even as the Congress and JDS began preliminary talks to hammer out a seat-sharing arrangement for Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, with the JDS initially seeking as many as 10 seats, including several held by the Congress.
Fresh signals suggest cracks in ruling alliance, which are quickly played down. Congress alleges attempts at poaching, BJP claims its leader has been wronged, JD(S) finds new relevance. With elections around the corner, what all this could mean for each party.
As part of a broad agreement, the Congress and JD(S) had decided to divide the 28 Karnataka Lok Sabha seats as per their strength in the Assembly: roughly two-third to the Congress (18 seats) and one-third to the JD(S).