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Lok Sabha 2019 elections: Congress-JDS alliance seat sharing done, agree on 20-8 formula

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Updated: March 13, 2019 8:53 PM

Gowda had then said that Gandhi will take the final decision after taking inputs from AICC’s general secretary in Karnataka KC Venugopal and JD(S) national general secretary Danish Ali.

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Amid intense discussions among the top leaders of the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka, the seat-sharing deal for the Lok Sabha elections is final now. According to ANI, the Rahul Gandhi-led party will field twenty candidates, while Deve Gowda will ground eight candidates in the polls.

The decision comes after a recent meeting between Congress chief and JD(S) supremo and former PM Gowda.

Last week in a meeting with Gandhi, Gowda demanded at least 10 seats for his party as part of its pre-poll alliance with the Congress.

That was the first such discussion between the two parties. The state has 28 Lok Sabha seats. Earlier, JDS had asked for 12, however, in the meeting, JDS requested Rahul to give at least 10 seats to the party.

Gowda had then said that Gandhi will take the final decision after taking inputs from AICC’s general secretary in Karnataka KC Venugopal and JD(S) national general secretary Danish Ali.

In the Lok Sabha polls of 2014, the JD(S) won only two seats with 11 per cent vote share. The Congress and the BJP together bagged 26 seats with over 83 per cent vote share.

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With 43 per cent vote share, the saffron party had won 17 seats and the Congress bagged 9 seats with 40.80 per cent vote share.

Moreover, Congress and the JD(S) entered into an alliance last year after the Assembly elections in the state resulting in a hung assembly. Then the Congress extended support to JD(S) to form a government in its bid to retain power in Karnataka, despite the BJP emerging as the single largest party.

Meanwhile, earlier this year, CM Kumaraswamy had said his party should not be treated as “third-grade citizens” and that both the partners (Congress and JDS) adopt a “give and take policy” for a united fight against the BJP.

Reportedly, Kumaraswamy in January had dropped a bigger hint that the JD(S) would not settle for less than 12 of 28 seats in the Lok Sabha elections when in a rally he asked the party workers to ensure that the party sends 12 to 14 MPs to the Lower House.

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