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08 May, 18 16:01
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Banguluru/In case of a hung Assembly, HD Deve Gowda and HD Kumaraswamy’s party looks likely to ally with the BJP
With elections to the Karnataka Assembly round the corner and the spectre of a hung house a distinct possibility, the real beneficiary in that case will undoubtedly be the Janata Dal (Secular).The JD(S) leadership of the father-son duo, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, is putting on a confident face in asserting they will emerge winner on their own. But the situation on the ground does not tally with this assertion.The other key question is which way the party will go in the event of a hung Assembly. Assuming the Congress and the BJP are neck to neck, all indications are that the JD(S) will go with the BJP. The reasons are widely known. First, there has been personal bad blood between Gowda and Kumaraswamy on one hand and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on the other.The animosity goes back to the days when Siddaramaiah was with the JD(S) and more importantly was Gowda’s right hand man. In 2006, Siddaramaiah called it quits when Gowda sidelined him and promoted his son Kumaraswamy. Siddaramaiah, who joined the Congress, went on to become Chief Minister in 2013. The successful defiance has never gone down well with the Gowda family. Obviously, they wouldn’t want to see the renegade continue as Chief Minister for one more term.The other reason for the JD(S)’s possible support for the BJP is that the saffron party’s central leadership has already sent feelers to the Gowda family that they count on its support in the event of a hung Assembly. According to one assessment, in the old Mysuru region where the BJP is not yet a force to reckon with, the party appears to have deliberately fielded weaker candidates in several constituencies to ensure that the anti-incumbency vote is not split between the JD(S) and the BJP. Their argument is that a victory for the JD(S) is a victory for the BJP.But, if either the Congress or the BJP comes to power on its own, the JD(S) faces the danger of political oblivion.

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