Congress legislators fromBangalore North Lok Sabha constituency Friday said they would work for the victory of JD(S) supremo and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda if he contests as the regional party's candidate.
"All of us five Congress MLAs have unanimously decided towork for Deve Gowda's victory if he contests as a candidate from BangaloreNorth," Rural Development Minister and Congress MLA Krishna Byre Gowda said.
Speaking to reporters after the joint meeting of Congress-JD(S) MLAs from Bangalore North Lok Sabha constituency, he said, "he (Gowda) is an elderly leader and formerPrime Minister. We are ready to send him victorious from here."
Two JD(S) MLAs and a Rajya Sabha member alsoparticipated in the meeting, he said, adding that "we informed them that we will work with them for Gowda's victory if he contests from here."
Union minister Sadananda Gowda is the sitting MP from Bangalore North.
Speculations are rife that Gowda, who has conceded his constituency Hassan to grandson Prajwal Revanna, will contest from either Bangalore North or Tumkurconstituency.
However, Gowda is yet to decide about the constituency that he will be contesting from.
A section of local JD(S) leaders are of the opinion that their party supremo contesting from Bangalore North would help the ruling coalition gain a hold in the city,sources said,
They said that Vokkaligas, the community to which Gowda belongs, have considerable presence in the constituency, along with minorities.
Gowda had earlier indicated that he may not contest polls, citing his age as the reason.
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