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Bengaluru: Congress, JD(S) to join hands to thwart BJP's chances?

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)

Bengaluru, Apr 17: Both Congress and JD(S), who are worried about the prospects of BJP making inroads into the constituencies that have been traditionally loyal to them, it is gathered, are almost certain to enter into internal electoral understanding to stop this from happening, said media reports. This might make the plans of BJP to romp home with ease by making use of split in votes between Congress and JD(S), harder to achieve.

BJP is the common enemy for both these parties. Although both Congress and JD(S) are at loggerheads over many issues, they are prepared to bury their hatchets to humble their common enemy. They seem to believe that enemy's enemy automatically becomes one's friend, and there are no permanent enemies in politics. At the same time, as per the current plans, there will not be any official pacts. The parties will be conducting exercises that are needed to crush BJP through internal measures, and all such activities will be conducted behind the scenes, reports stated.

Congress party is encouraged by the success of the plan as per which JD(S) desisted from fielding its candidates in Nanjangud and Gundlupet constituencies during recent bypolls, in spite of demands from its activists, with the tacit aim of favouring Congress party. These bypolls have brought Congress closer to JD(S), which was treated like a sworn enemy till recently, and the trust between the two has got strengthened. The party has taken up the suggestion to employ similar tactics during the assembly election being held next year, and got full support from the high command, which too wants to humble BJP.

In theory, this plan appears to work wonders because even a small change in the percentage of votes polled can heavily tilt the scales in favour of a particular party. Congress also wants to improve its relationship between Siddaramaiah and Deve Gowda, who were not seeing face to face in the past, and which was established during the discussions between the two dealers during Cauvery crisis, further. The Congress leadership at the centre wants to have truck with secular parties but is opposed to having any official alliance. It wants to retain its bastion, Karnataka, in the south intact.

As per the current plans, Congress will be giving 'friendly fight' to JD(S) in constituencies, particularly in Old Mysuru region, where the JD(S) has formidable support. JD(S) wants to retain 40 seats it had won last time in different districts, and in exchange thereof, plans to shift its voter base in favour of Congress in other constituencies. JD(S) might pressurize Congress to yield some more seats to it, depending upon the support it has from voters of individual constituencies.

It is felt that if Congress and JD(S are involved with direct fight, BJP will have it easy as secular votes get split. If they work to field candidates judiciously, Congress and JD(S) can make it harder for the BJP to get seats. JD(S), hopes to reap benefit from this understanding and bag enough seats to play a decisive role in next government formation.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Frazer Town,Bangaluru

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    Quite tough to BJP to snatch the power in the state since the people are not happy with them when they were in power

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Dushman ka dushman dost hota hai, keep communal forces out of power.

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  • Pratap Rao, Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    I am no admirer of any party but anti-BJP. How could any sensible person vote to BJP after witnessing attacks on institutions, churches, attack on pubs, attack on boys-girls sitting together to chat, increasing tension against Muslims, talking ghar-wapsi and shouting so many anti-human slogans against humanity? The prime attack has been on Hinduism, a religion of peace and spirituality. Will Hindus join as a body to defeat this party of killlers of Baliga and Poojary? Let us campaign against a party that claims to represent us as Hindus but has nothing to do with Hinduism.

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    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    BJP is misusing religion for political gain. It rakes controversial subject when election is round the corner. Certainly, BJP's divisive politics should be defeated and I second Pratap Rao's views.

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  • D.P.Shetty, Bahrain

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Vinasha kalakke weparitha budye

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Face of Karnataka BJP is Yuddiyurappa and Reddy Brothers. That says it all. Still people vote for BJP in Karnataka, it will be logical to accept Indian approves corruption full heartedly. It will be a call for honest and sincere working individuals to understand, their ethics are outdated.

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  • Praveen, Udupi

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Yeddiurappa will never be the CM of Karnataka and BJP cannot even think in dream that they will come to power in Karnataka in 2018.

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  • Kiran Shetty, Puttur

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Praveen D,souza or joseph dont in be in fools paradise , same thing said before UP election .but I dont support corrupt Yeddi and Reddy.

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  • Antonio DSilva, Kuwait

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    "to join hands to thwart BJP's chances?"

    Grabbing the THRONE seems to be the core agenda of all our political parties.

    We the electorate seldom see anything on their agenda which pertains to our wellbeing leave alone our progress. Yet we elect them effortlessly at every elections and thereby prove Markandey Katju right; "I say ninety per cent of Indians are idiots. You people don't have brains in your heads....It is so easy to take you for a ride."

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  • Prakash, Uppinangady / Dubai

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    If this is a true note then, Moodbidri constituency will go to JDS (Amarnath Shetty).

    Happy to see Amarnath Shetty as MLA again

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  • Suresh, Moodbidri

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    1+1=2 in politics docent work best example is UP Election.

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  • Rao, Udupi

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Alliance is required for both the parties in majority of the constituency. Recently held bye election where JDS did not contest and Congress won both the seats is a very good example. But Voters are intelligent, if they intend something else they will do it. Mathematics will not work.

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Definitely very good news. Tighten the screws. otherwise all problems crop up.

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  • Albert, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Pappu had 'love story ' with back stabbed son Akhilesh at Up and booted out! Now honeymoon with Gowda will thrown Dongi party into Arabian sea!
    Good luck Dongis. Your capacity is limited to illegal 'love affairs' only!

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  • Alfred Nazareth, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Albert why you are always in (H)angry mood bro

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  • MK, Managlore

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    No need of Alliance. Congress can win alone in Karnataka.

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  • MK, Managlore

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    No need of Alliance. Congress can win alone in Karnataka.

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    When it is a question of survival, politically or otherwise, parties which were at loggerheads are willing to come together.
    Same was the case. when congress was ruling, though BJP and JDS were at loggerheads joined for survival

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  • Suresh, Moodbidri

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    We have witnessed the result friendly fight in-between SP and Congress in UP also after alliance in-between them. This move will back fire congress only JDS will be winner. After the election result JDS will go with anybody no guarantee.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Good news. God bless them. At least we will get good sleep.

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  • Flavian dsouza, chik/bengaluru

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Deve Gowad still thinks he is a super Gowda and can dominate on kurubas !!!todays politics is different people know their rights too well . So he has to beg CM which he is finding it difficult but Siddramiah is much miore honest and capable then MR HD'S

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  • Satya, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Very bad move. JDS cannot and should not be trusted. JDS was the party which backstabbed the Congress in the past, which is why the BJP was able to get a foothold in the state. For the sake of power a corrupt party like the JDS will go down to any level. Therefore it would be suicide for the Congress to align with the JDS.`

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  • Amith, USA

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    But Satya jii, without alliance also a problem. We are making it easy task for Bharatiya Juumla Party to get more seats. We the secular choose/reject the candidate as per his/her clean record where the Chaddis, just press the button of KAMALA even though he/she is a murderer, Rapist, Thieves, Criminals, Black Marketers etc.....

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