AMN / BENGALURU
The ruling Congress and Janata Dal Secular coalition partners in Karnataka have reached an agreement on seat sharing in the state. The share was 20-8, with the Congress getting the larger share. The JD(S) share includes Shimoga, Tumkur, Hasan, Mandya, Bengaluru North, Uttara Kannada, Chikkamagaluru and Vijayapura.
The announcement came hours after JDS patriarch HD Devegowda said, “It is not yet decided as to how many seats will be divided between the JD(S) and the Congress. Rahul Gandhi will take a call on the 15th”.
The two parties had been haggling over the Mysuru-Kodagu seat, which has gone to the Congress. The southern region of the state is one where both parties do have a base and a realistic chance of winning.
Hassan and Mandya are considered the JD(S) strongholds, although the leaders’ apparent plans to field two grandsons of Devegowda — Prajwal and Nikhil — in these seats has caused some dissatisfaction within the party.
Announcement of seat sharing for Karnataka Lok Sabha seats. pic.twitter.com/FvRW7tht8x
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