The Congress and JD(S) Wednesday finalised seat sharing in Karnataka for the forthcoming Lok Sabha election. Of the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies, the Congress will contest in 20 seats and the JD(S) will contest in the remaining 8 seats.
The deal between the ruling coalition partners in the state was finalised at a meeting between Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) secretary general Danish Ali at Kochi in Kerala today.
20 for Congress and 8 for JDS.
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Congress has decided to leave the sitting seat of Tumkur to JD(S). The JD(S) share also includes Uttara Kannada, Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga, Hassan, Mandya, Bengaluru North and Vijayapura. READ | Karnataka Lok Sabha Election 2019 Dates, Schedule
During a recent meeting with the Congress chief at Delhi, JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda had scaled down his party’s demand and asked the national party to allot at least 10 out of the 28 Lok Sabha seats to his party. JD(S) had earlier demanded that it be given 12 seats to contest.
JD(S) has already announced Gowda’s grandsons Nikhil Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna as candidates from the party bastions of Mandya and Hassan, respectively. While Nikhil is the son of Chief Minister Kumaraswamy, Prajwal is the son of Gowda’s elder son and PWD Minister H D Revanna.
Elections to the 17th Lok Sabha will be held in Karnataka in two phases — on April 18 and 23.