The Indian Wire » Politics » JD-S eyes to turn table other side in Karnataka by-polls; HD Kumaraswamy bats for son Nikhil from Krishnaraja Pete Seat

JD-S eyes to turn table other side in Karnataka by-polls; HD Kumaraswamy bats for son Nikhil from Krishnaraja Pete Seat

Days after facing a huge embarrassment in Karnataka Assembly that led to fall of Coalition government, former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy‘s Janata Dal-Secular and Congress is planning to turn the table with by-polls in 17 Assembly seats of the state.

The 17 Assembly Seats fell vacant after the sitting MLAs were disqualified by the then Karnataka Assembly Speaker days after they tendered their resignation.

If a report published in ANI to be believed, HD Kumaraswamy is eyeing to pitch his son Nikhil Kumaraswamy from Krishnaraja Pete Assembly constituency in Mysore region of the state.

Nikhil Kumaraswamy in the national polls 2019 lost from party stronghold Mandya Lok Sabha Seat. The Party, Janata Dal-Secular, had a stronghold in the region with 7 MLAs from it. However, Nikhil failed to score from Mandya Lok Sabha Seat and lost to BJP backed Independent nominee Sumalatha Ambareesh.

Narayana Gowda, who was the sitting JD-S MLA from the Krishnaraja Pete, was disqualified from the House by the former Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar. Former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and some party workers want Nikhil Kumaraswamy to contest from the Krishnaraja Pete Assembly Seats in the By-polls.

In the meantime, Congress is also gearing up for the by-polls in the state and have started charting out plans for the same. A meeting of party’s state top leadership held earlier this week to chart out plans to take on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in State.

However, it is still not clear whether two parties – JD(S) and Congress – will have any sort of Understanding or not. Sources within the grand old party claimed that workers of the party want to go ‘on its own’. However, there is no official statement from both the side.

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy-led coalition government fell last month after it suffered a defeat in the floor test of the assembly.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran leader BS Yeddyurappa on Friday, last week,  took oath as the 25th Chief Minister of Karnataka three days almost Congress-JDS coalition government collapsed after facing defeat in the trust vote in Assembly. He had on Monday also won the confidence motion in the Assembly.


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