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Cong and JDS adopted 'give and take' policy in seat sharing:

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

The ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition coordination committee Thursday said alliance partners had adopted a "give and take" policy in the seat sharing deal for the elections.

The state Legislature party also said the party's list of candidates for polls is likely to be finalised by March 16.

"In alliance there will be give and take..," said to a question whether leaders were satisfied with seat sharing.

Responding to reports about disgruntlement among party leaders in a few places, the former said, "all these things will be there in the beginning..aspirants will be bit angry, but things would normalise gradually."

On ceding Tumkur constituency to the JD(S), despite state leaders' stand that no seat with sitting party should be conceded, he said "We had said it should not be given, but it is the party high command's decision, we will have to go by the decision.."

The Congress will contest 20 seats and JD(S) eight under a deal finalised by the two ruling coalition partners on Wednesday after weeks of haggling.

According to party sources, JD(S) bagged Tumkur seat after a hard bargain as the grand old party had decided not to cede the constituencies where the party has a sitting to the regional partner.

Congress' S P Muddahanumegowda is the current from Tumkur and a ticket aspirant.

Mysore-Kodagu was another constituency that JD(S) had demanded from the old Mysuru region, but could not bag it due to opposition from as the seat is in his home turf, the sources said.

The CLP said Congress will finalise its list of candidates on March 16.

"We have shortlisted the list of candidates for various constituencies, meeting will be there on March 16.

We are also gathering opinions for some places, there (at meeting) we will discuss everything and come to a final decision," he said.

Asked about rebel Congress MLA who has resigned as and joined the BJP, despite a disqualification petition by the party pending before the Speaker, said it was for the to decide.

On Jadhav contesting as BJP candidate from Gulbarga constituency, when the matter was still pending before the Speaker, he said, "We will seek opinion of legal experts on this."

Jadhav is likely to be pitted against veteran Congress from Gulbarga.

On reports about former congress A Manju planning to join the BJP upset over the party ceding the Hassan seat to the JD(S), Siddaramaiah said he has told him that he will not quit the party.

Siddaramaiah ruled out contesting Lok Sabha polls.

Asked whether he was not interested innational politics, he said "..indulging (in) politicsitself is more than enough, there are many people to do national and they will do it.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 17:35 IST