Even before having formal consultation with alliance partner Congress, in a bid to bring pressure, former prime minister and JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda announced the number of Lok Sabha seats his party want to contest in Karnataka. He asserted that his party will contest in one-third of the seats, leaving aside two-thirds for the Congress, its coalition partner in the state.
He said the seat-sharing on the 2019 elections were part of the talks when both the parties entered into an alliance in the state. Of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, the party will contest in 9 or 10 seats.
Earlier last month, Gowda had announced that his grandson Prajwal Revanna will be one of the party’s candidates, contesting from his traditional seat Hassan. However, he said that both the parties will finalise number of seats each party to be contested in a cordial environment.
He expressed hope their alliance will root out BJP from the state. With regard of him contesting in the polls, he said he is yet to take a decision in view of his old-age.
Gowda also took a dig at the ‘accidental PM’ controversy, started by the Vijay Gutte film which will portray the dual power structure in the Congress under the UPA. “How can they call Dr Manmohan Singh an accidental prime minister. He was the PM for 10 years. I was the ‘accidental PM’ if there ever was one,” he said. He was making a reference to the United Front government of 1996, which he led as the PM for a mere 10 months.
He further criticised PM Modi who said that in Karnataka, the Congress-JD(S) combine has not disbursed farm loan waivers yet, and called it a “lollipop scheme”. He said as on December 30, over 2.2 lakh farmers have benefited from the scheme and Rs 350 crore have been disbursed already.