DK Shivakumar Says Decision On Karnataka Seat-Sharing Soon

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Senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar reiterated that Congress and JD(S) will fight together.

Bengaluru:

Senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar said on Sunday that his party will fight the national polls in alliance with the JD(S) across all seats of Karnataka. He added that there will be a discussion on seat-sharing arrangement soon.

Asked about the JD(S)'s demand for 12 seats, he said, "I am not spokesperson of JD(S). Is it wrong to have a desire? Politically they will have to give a message of confidence and courage to their party workers and seek their support in winning."

Seat sharing has emerged as a matter of disagreement between the two parties but the leaders have exuded confidence in fighting the polls together.

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Upset over Congress' "big brother attitude", JD(S) members had recently asked its leadership to contest all 28 Lok Sabha seats in the state alone. JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda has clarified that his party will fight the polls in alliance with the Congress and demanded 12 seats.

Expressing doubts over JD(S)'s demand for 12 seats, state Congress Chief Dinesh Gundu Rao said seat sharing between the ruling coalition partners will be based on merit.

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