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Gowda urges Rahul to cool 'resentment' of Cong MLAs on seat

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Former and JDS supremo H D Deve Gowda Friday requested Rahul Gandhi to cool the reported resentment of some partyMLAs over the coalition government's seat-sharing arrangment to avoid politicalacrimony ahead of the coming elections.

Gowda also said that he had not made up his mind on contesting from North Bengaluru.

"I am totally satisfied with the seat-sharingarrangement between our party and the We haddemanded 10 seats, but got eight, considering that Congressis a major party.

All said and done, I do not want to create any political tension between our parties. Itold to move ahead with whatever seat-sharingarrangments we have arrived at.

There is hardly any time leftfor us. Our main aim is to defeat BJP," he told in atelephonic interview from

The coalition partners on Wednesday had announced that the JDS would contest from eight constituencies and from remaining 20 constituencies in

The announcement has reportedly sparked resentment among some Congress leaders, who have demanded cancellation of the seat sharing arrangement on the grounds it was impractical and detrimental to the coalition's electoral prospects.

Gowda said the coalition partners would overcome these 'minor hiccups' on or before the March 19 coordination committee meeting andhoped workers of both parties would realise BJP is their main opponent.

The March 19 meeting would be attended by Minister H D Kumaraswamy, Coordination CommitteeChairman Siddaramaiah, Dinesh Gundu Minister G Parameshwara, he said.

The meeting would try to find solutions to minor problems, including the resentment in Congress aspirants and later chalkout dates and places of public rallies,Gowda said.

Asked if he was keen on contesting from NorthBengaluru, Gowda said "I have honestly not made up my mind.

Last night requested me to fight from North Bengaluru and promised all help in the election.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 22:30 IST