The issue of seat sharing between ruling Coalition partners in Karnataka, Congress and JDS is expected to be finalized in the next round of talks to be held here on Thursday.
Speaking to newsmen here on Tuesday, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who is also Co-ordination Committee Chairman, said that “the total number of seats to be shared between two parties will be finalized in Thursday’s meeting. There are only some minor hitches that have to be overcome before announcing the seat-sharing formula”.
Referring to the Mandya Lok Sabha seat, the former Chief Minister hinted that it may go to JD(S).Ruling out the possibility of Film star Sumalata, wife of former Union Minister M H Ambareesh getting Congress ticket to contest from Mandya, Mr. Siddaramaiah said that “The Mandya seat is presently held by the JD(S) and naturally it will go to that party”.
It may be recalled that with the Congress is not willing to allocate more than seven to eight seats to its alliance partner, the JD(S) is however insisting to contest in a minimum 12 Lok Sabha seats. The Congress is not willing to part the Lok Sabha seats where it had won in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections including at Chikkaballapura, Tumakuru, Bengaluru Rural, Kolar and Chitradurga. The Congress, however, has not done well in all the Lok Saha seats in the 2018 Assembly elections, while JD(S) emerged stronger than the Congress.
The JD(S) apart from Mandya and Hassan which were held by it has staked its claim for Kolar, Chikkaballapura, Tumakuru and Chitradurga Lok Sabha seats, for which the Congress is not ready to give up.