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Cong downplays differences in coalition govt with JDS

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Downplaying the differences within the ruling alliance in Karnataka, general secretary K C Tuesday said there was no threat to his party's coalition government with the JD(S), and the two parties would fight the polls together.

He also said the and JD(S) would sort out all issues, including the seat sharing for parliament election "amicably."

"From day one there are speculations about this government that it will fall in one or two days, there were claims that 17 people (MLAs) were taken to and other places, there have been such reports constantly," said.

"Nothing has happened to the government so far and we have completed six months successfully," he said.

"There may belittle bit issues, we will sort them out. We are not much bothered about those things," he said.

Venugopal's comments have come at a time when JD(S) workers and leaders have been openly expressing their unhappiness against the on a host of issues and have accused it of "big brother attitude."

leaders and legislators too are miffed with H D over his decision to put on hold some appointments despite recommendation from the party high command.

Leaders of both parties have publicly expressed their displeasure against each other.

Downplaying differences, the Congress questioned as to why the media was not highlighting coalition issues faced by the nationally.

He said when there were differences within the as a single party, "how can you expect everything to be smooth in a coalition like Congress and JD(S), who have fought against each other for many years.

There is no major issue at all; there is no threat at all (to the government).We are very confident, we will fight together and will take maximum number of seats in "

Asked about JD(S) demand for 12 out of 28 seats during the polls, said "Our seat sharing discussion hasn't started so far. We will amicably settle everything."

Meanwhile, supporters of Congress MLA Sudhakar staged a protest at the venue where the party meeting was organized, demanding "justice" for their leader.

Protesters alsothreatened to resign from gram panchayat posts, if Sudhakar wasnot appointed to the board at the earliest.

has put Sudhakar's appointment as of the State board on hold, saying guidelines had specified a certain qualification for the post.

The Congress Tuesday held meeting of pradesh congress committee office-bearers and district presidents, during which several organisational issues were discussed ahead of parliament elections, along with reviewing preparedness for the polls.

Pointing out that hardly two months are left for the announcement of polls, Venugopal said, at the meeting Tuesday it has been decided to strengthen the organisation at the grassroot level and interact with workers towards strengthening the party.

People contact programme will be held from January 26to February 15, under which each and every household will bereached, highlighting to them about failures of the presentBJP-led government and the need for bringing back Congress to power at the Centre, he said.

Orders have been issued to strengthen the booth level committees and DCC in two weeks, wherever they are weak, he said.

"We are hopeful that during parliamentaryelections, will give maximum number of seats for our coalition. Our main motto is to target all the 28 seats in the state," the added.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 19:15 IST