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Karnataka polls: Owaisi's AIMIM to back JD(S)

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

The AIMIM today announced its decision to back the JD(S), led by former H D Deve Gowda, in the May 12 Assembly elections.

The Asaduddin said it has decided to support the JD(S) after "due consideration and consultations".

Earlier, the party hinted at fielding its own candidates in the polls.

"All our efforts and endeavour would be to ensure that the JDS gets maximum number of seats. (HD) Kumaraswamy should become the and the party led by Deve should be ruling Karnataka," said.

Kumaraswamy is son of former H D Deve Gowda, and is the of unit of (Secular).

According to Owaisi, his party feels that both the national parties, the and Congress, have failed to live up to the expectations and hope of the people of and that's why they have decided to support the JD(S) completely.

"We will not be putting up our candidates,"

said, adding that he has already spoken to Kumaraswamy and assured him about his party's support to the JD(S).

He said his party members, including him, would go out and address public meetings to garner support for the JD(S) in the upcoming elections.

"I hope people of Karnataka would once again repose faith in the JDS so that a qualitative change can be brought in Karnataka.

"It's in the interest of Karnataka and in the interest of the nation that a non-Congress, non-government comes to power both in Karnataka and subsequently (at the Centre) whenever the are held," he added.

The (AIMIM) has seven members in the

The Telangana K during his visit to Bengaluru last week, while seeking the JD(S)'s support on his proposal to forge a federal front, also announced his party's support to the JD(S).

Karnataka, in the upcoming elections, is witnessing a three-corner fight with the Congress, and the H D Deve Gowda-led JD(S) in the fray.

The result of the election will be out on May 15.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 14:15 IST