Kumaraswamy says JDS to contest in all 15 by polls

JDS leader and former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy today said that his party will contest in all 15 assembly constituencies, for which by-polls will be held next month. He predicted that new “political drama” may unfold in the state after October 24 by-election results.

“… Party has decided to go it alone in this bypolls. By September 30 nominations have to be filed. In another two days we will complete the process of selection of candidates. Local party workers will be fielded,” Kumaraswamy said.

He said that his party’s target is to win the maximum number of seats and efforts are on to strengthen the organisation and win the confidence of the people.

“This election is acid test for all political parties, also for the government. Let’s see what all new political drama will unfold after October 24 results,” he added.

JDS that had run a coalition government and contested Lok Sabha polls in alliance with Congress, but has decided to go it alone in this by-polls. By-elections to constituencies represented by 15 out of 17 disqualified former Congress-JDS legislators will be held on October 21 and results will be declared on October 24.

Among 15 constituencies that will go for polls, 12 were represented by Congress and 3 by JDS. BJP will need to win at least six in the 15 constituencies that will go for polls to remain in the majority – which will still have two vacant seats (Maski and R R Nagar).

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