“JD(S), Congress yet to start seat sharing talks for Lok Sabha 2019”: HD Kumaraswamy

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday said that his party, the Janta Dal (S), an alliance partner of the Congress in Karnataka, has not yet discussed with the national party about the seat-sharing formula for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The JD(S) leader’s comment came in the wake of Congress leader and Karnataka Former CM Siddaramaiah in Hubbali on Thursday while rejecting BJP’s claim that the coalition government in Karnataka would collapse due to an internal rift.

“There has not been any discussion on this (seat sharing) with the Congress so far. When the discussion has not yet taken place, then there is no question of any fight,” HD Kumaraswamy told reporters when asked if the two parties have reached a seat-sharing formula for the 2019 polls.

Earlier on Thursday, SG Siddaramaiah who is also the leader of the JD(S)-Congress alliance Coordination Committee said the “alliance between both the parties is stable and will contest upcoming Lok Sabha 2019 Polls together”.

Talking Media in Hubbali, Siddaramaiah said, “Nothing will happen to the Coalition government, the government will not fall. Government will complete its term; there is no problem at all.” He added, “both the parties (JD(S) and Congress had fought the byelections together and the alliance will remain intact for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as well and will contest Lok Sabha Polls 2019.”

Rejecting the claims of BJP that alliance is about to collapse, He said, “They (BJP) don’t want to sit in the opposition and work. By using some wrong means, they want to form the government.”


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