Days after announcing an alliance in the state of Karnataka for 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress and JD(S) gathbandhan has come under the light of controversies. As per the seat-sharing pact, the Congress will fight in 20 constituencies, while the JD(S) will fight on the other eight. Expressing disappointment over the seat-sharing decision by both the parties, several Congress leaders have spoken against the alliance.
Reacting to the political development, senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily lashed out the seat-sharing pact between the Rahul Gandhi-led party and the JD(S) and said that some sacrifices have been made between the two parties to cooperate with each other for the 2019 polls.
"I am very disappointed. Muddahanumegowda is a very active parliamentarian and he is close to me. He had good chances of winning this time as well. But after we formed a coalition we have to make some sacrifices and cooperate with each other. It's already been decided that Congress will contest in 20 constituencies and JD(S) from the rest," he said while speaking to reporters.
Furthermore, Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka and senior Congress leader G Parameshwara also expressed unhappiness over giving up Tumakuru Parliamentary seat to JD(S).
Before the announcement of the alliance, there were reports that the JD(S) had wanted 12 seats, which Congress was very reluctant to give. Amid the tension between the parties over the seat-sharing arrangement, JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda had also maintained that his party will get a minimum of 10 seats following his meeting with Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
But now it has been confirmed that the JD(S) has accepted coming down to 8 seats following a meeting between the top brass of the two parties, including Rahul Gandhi's meeting with Danish Ali.
Following are the constituencies in Karnataka from where JD(S) will fight the upcoming Lok Sabha polls:
Polls in Karnataka will be held in two phases. The first date of polling is April 18, while the second is April 23. In the 2014 polls, BJP had won 17 seats, with the Congress winning nine and JD(S) winning two.