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JD(S) min says his party workers might have voted for BJP, remark irks Cong

JD(S) min says his party workers might have voted for BJP, remark irks Cong

Bengaluru: Karnataka minister G T Deve Gowda on Wednesday said that his party JD(S)' workers in Mysuru and elsewhere might have voted for the BJP, underlining the unease between ruling coalition partners.

The Congress and the JDS had fought the Lok Sabha elections together, but the seat sharing understanding was marred by differences between members of the two parties which had been bitter rivals before they joined hands to form government. "There were some differences between the two parties. Take Udbur for example. People fought like there any panchayat election. "Those who were in Congress voted for Congress and those in JD(S) voted for the BJP. Similar things happened elsewhere too," Gowda told reporters in Mysuru.

Gowda added that if the two parties could have combined their strength, there was no scope for the BJP to win even five seats out of 28 in Karnataka. He also pointed out that coalition should have been formalised much earlier for better coordination and results.

The statement triggered a strong reaction from the Congress, with its state president Dinesh Gundu Rao saying it was not good for the coalition government. Expressing shock, Rao said, "I am not able to figure out how he (Gowda) had worked during the election because he has given contradictory statements. Such statements are not good for the coalition government." "Such things would happen because those given responsibility did not work sincerely. There seems to be lack of sincerity," the Congress leader said.

He also junked Gowda's statement about delay in formalising the alliance. "We formed the coalition much earlier. There was no delay in forming the coalition..." Mpost

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