AIMIM to back JD(S) in Karnataka polls


Karnataka Elections 2018: 'AIMIM will not contest, extends support to Janata Dal (S),' says Owaisi

The party that had initially identified seats, especially in North Karnataka and Bengaluru, to field its candidates has now chose to exclusively back H D Kumaraswamy. The JD (S) already has a pre-poll alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and has the support of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS). As per the deal, the chief ministership was to be shared between Kumaraswamy and BS Yeddyurappa for an equal period of time. He also said that the party believed that both the national parties, the Indian National Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, had failed "totally failed".

Kumaraswamy is the son of former prime minister and JD (S) supremo HD Deve Gowda, and now, the state president of the party. There were also speculations that MIM was talking to JD (S) leader Deve Gowda for an electoral understanding.

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Karnataka is witnessing a three-corner contest among the Congress, BJP and the H D Deve Gowda-led Janata Dal (Secular). "MIM will not be fielding any candidates I will address public meetings support of of JDS if there is need", Asaduddin Owaisi said in a message on Twitter on Monday. "Rao held talks with me and Deve Gowda". He said that the party made a decision to take this line after consultations with the party leaders. "Congress has been working against us and AIMIM did not have an alternative other than JD (S)", sources said.

Political analyst Narayana A, faculty at Azim Premji University, said in the first-past-the-post system, none of these coalitions could be taken lightly.

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He criticised the NIA and said that the verdict given today weakens India's resolve to fight terrorism. With the possibility of MIM making a debut and the entry of All India Mahila Empowerment Party (AIMEP), the BJP was sure of a split in Muslim votes. "While none of these leaders (Owaisi or KCR) might be able to swing large number of votes in the state, but whatever little they might bring will be at the expense of the Congress", he said. Following 2004 elections when Congress, JD (S) coalition government broke down, BJP and JD (S) reached to a deal to form a new government.

The result of the election will be out on May 15. Kumaraswamy hails from this community, which is dominant in the southern region of the state.

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