Cong-JDS alliance aims to reduce BJP’s strength in LS, says Danish Ali

BENGALURU: The main objective of Congress-JDS alliance is to reduce the strength of BJP in the Lok Sabha, for which the two parties are working on strategies for the coming General Elections, said alliance leader Danish Ali here on Monday.

Ali, secretary general of Janata Dal-Secular (JDS), said the Coordination Committee meeting of the alliance discussed various issues related to seat-sharing between the two parties for the coming Lok Sabha polls.

“Many formulae are on the table. Our main motive is how we should defeat the BJP on the maximum number of Lok Sabha seats. How we should cut down the BJP’s strength from Karnataka is the common goal for Congress and JDS,” he told media persons after the meeting.

“We are discussing each and every seat. We will take care of the aspirations of each other while finalsing the seats we will contest. However, the final decision will be taken by Congress and JDS presidents,” he said.

Former Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah said that the final decision on seat-sharing would soon be announced. “We have had a good discussion today. We are going in the right direction. In a few days, we will give the final picture,” he said.

Former Prime Minister and JDS president HD Deve Gowda said on Sunday that they had agreed to join hands with the Congress to revive secular forces. “The two parties will finalise seat-sharing very soon,” he had said.

On February 28, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had said that if the Congress and JDS alliance won at least 20-22 seats in the state, then a Kannadiga could once again become the next Prime Minister of the country.

There are 28 Lok Sabha seats at stake in Karnataka, out of which the BJP currently holds 16 seats, while the Congress and the JDS hold 10 and two seats, respectively.