JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda faces a posh fight for survival, each locally and across the nation. In the future Lok Sabha polls, Gowda is trying to field candidates during a “respectable” range of 28 constituencies in Karnataka and can drive a tough bargain geared toward increasing the party base and ensuring a sizeable range of seats to stake a claim if there’s a broken finding. whereas the Congress, bold by its performance within the recent Lok Sabha polls, seems reluctant to give in to Gowda’s demands and needs to stay the ‘big brother’ in state politics. It desires to stay a minimum of 22 seats, as well as 9 it won in 2014, and dispense with 4-6 seats to the JD(S).
At a recent meeting between the ruling partners, party sources said Congress had mooted 2 seat-sharing formulas. “One, Congress can contest from 24 seats and provides JD(S) alternative} to pick four seats of its choice. Two, Congress can contest from 22 seats and leave six to JD(S),’’ said a senior Congress leader accustomed to the negotiations.
Congress leaders also shared information to substantiate their views. In 2014, the BJP secured 17 seats, Congress 9 and JD(S) 2. Despite BJP winning a lot of seats riding on the Modi wave, Congress secured 40.8% of votes against BJP’s 43, up from 41.6% within the 2009 Lok Sabha polls. JD(S) had secured 11th vote share, down from 13.6% it got back in 2009 and about 80th of that came from the Vokkaliga region.
In the assembly elections, JD(S) got 18.4% vote share, lowest within the last four assembly elections, and also the majority was restricted to four Lok Sabha constituencies. The Congress feels the party will win within the Vokkaliga constituencies of Mandya, Hassan, and Mysuru. they say JD(S) will place up an honest fight against BJP in Bengaluru North and Shivamogga constituencies.
However, JD(S) is eyeing Tumakuru, Bengaluru Rural, Chikkaballapura, and Kolar constituencies since the largest disappointment came from this ‘peripheral’ Vokkaliga belt within the recent assembly elections and it desires to re-establish its supremacy there.