Ahead of the by-elections in Karnataka, former Chief Minister of the state and BJP leader Jagadish Shettar has challenged the Congress-JD(S) led government, daring to topple their alliance after the elections that are scheduled to take place in November.
“We are 105 right now, we will soon become 113. We will be well above the magic number that's 112. How will we achieve this? I will answer that post November. Congress is prepared to wrap up the government and send Kumaraswamy to his home. If you vote for Srinivas Kulkarni and he wins, then he will be with the ruling party,” said BJP leader Jagadish Shettar during his campaign in Karnataka’s Jamakhandi constituency on Monday.
By-polls are scheduled to take place in three Lok Sabha including, Shimoga, Bellary (ST) and Mandya, and two Assembly constituencies including Ramanagaram and Jamakhandi in Karnataka on November 3. The result of the by-polls will be out on November 6.
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Meanwhile, H D Kumaraswamy, who is heading the Congress-JD(S) coalition government and facing frequent pinpricks from some sections of the coalition partner, on October 23, said that both parties had come together to save the state and not for any vested interests.
Furthermore, Kumaraswamy claimed the results of the November 3 by-polls in the three Lok Sabha and two assembly constituencies in Karnataka would impact the poll outcome in the five states where assembly polls are to be held.
"Karnataka will send across a message to the nation for the 2019 election. There is a new thinking process going on in the country and Karnataka offers the platform for it," he said.
He also said the Narendra Modi "trend" witnessed in 2014 general election no more existed, as reflected in the results of several by-polls across the country.
"Karnataka has provided a new platform for the 2019 parliamentary elections and a new political change will take place from here," he said.