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Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy Reveals Exclusive Details Of JD(S)-Congress Seat-sharing Strategy For 2019 Elections

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  • Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy speaks about seat-sharing formula between JDS and Congress for Lok Sabha 2019 polls

After Congress' Siddaramaiah confirmed that his party and JDS will fight the Lok Sabha polls jointly, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Tuesday revealed the seat-sharing strategy of the parties.

Saying that it was evident in the by-polls result on November 6 that people have given a nod to the coalition, the CM said that the Congress and his party will fight the Lok Sabha polls unitedly. "People of Karnataka are also happy because of Congress-JDS unification and have blessed us in this election. This unification will continue for Lok Sabha elections, we will fight it unitedly," he said.

When probed about their seat-sharing formula, he said that the two parties are focusing on winning the 28 seats and will divide the seats based on this agenda alone, "Our senior leaders are already talking regarding seat sharing. I do not think the number of seats is an issue. Our aim is to get 28 seats, for that, we have to sacrifice seats to any extent, we are prepared mentally. Congress is strong in Shivamogga, but in the by-polls, they proposed to put our candidate in the district and they have promised we can do that again in Lok Sabha,

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"The political scenario in this state, each state has its own seat composition, this is going to benefit the coalition", he added. He added further that the party if needed the arty will speak to Mayawati ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

He also spoke about the Congress attributing the win to an anti-Modi wave, "Modi had confidence in 2014. But he is not that confident anymore, because he has completed four and a half years of his tenure, several problems have been created, Anti-establishment is there. hence people are now talking about his negative policies. Hence Congress have attributed it as anti-Modi vote." 

The results for three Lok Sabha seats -- Ballari, Mandya and Shivamogga, and two assembly seats Ramanagara and Jamakhandi were out on Tuesday. The Congress-JDS coalition won four seats in the by-polls in the state, with the Congress winning Ballari and Jamakhandi, and the JDS winning in Ramanagara, and Mandya. The BJP won in Shivmogga, the bastion of  its state head BS Yeddyurappa

Earlier today, former state CM from Congress Siddaramaiah confirmed the that his party will continue the alliance with JDS, but did not reveal the seat-sharing formula.

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