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Cong-JDS alliance to fight BJP unitedly in LS, assembly bypolls

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

The ruling Congress-JDS coalition in Tuesday announced its decision to put up a united fight against the BJP in the November 3 bypolls to three and two assembly seats.

After meeting JDS leaders here late tonight, AICC K C Venugopal said both the parties would conduct a joint campaign and fight the polls to defeat the BJP.

"....we will fight the election together and make sure that all the five seats will go in favour of the Congress-JDS alliance," Venugopal, who is in charge of party affairs in Karnataka, told reporters.

"Secular parties should come together for defeating the BJP is the message," he said.

Former and JDS supremo H D Deve Gowda, his party Danish Ali, and former and Congress-JDS coordination committee head were present at the meeting.

The would fight in Bellary and Shimoga constituencies and the JDS in Mandya, its traditional stronghold in the Vokkaliga belt in the old Mysuru region.

For the assembly bypolls, the will contest from Jamakhandi and the JDS from Ramanagara, which H D Kumaraswamy had won but gave up after retaining Channapatna, the other segment bagged by him in the Assembly elections.

The had on Saturday announced the bypolls to Shimoga, Bellary and Mandya constituencies, and to and Jamkhandi assembly segments. Counting of votes will be on November 6.

Bypolls were necessitated after BJP's B S Yeddyurappa (Shimoga) and B Sriramalu (Bellary), and C S Puttaraju of JD(S) (Mandya) resigned as MPs on their election to the assembly in May this year.

Bypolls to Jamkhandi assembly seat was caused by the death of MLA Siddu Nyamagouda, while fell vacant after Kumaraswamy gave up the seat preferring Chennapatna.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 00:10 IST