Congress to contest 20 seats and JDS 8 in Lok Sabha polls

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 13, 2019, 09.23 PM(IST)

File photo of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.  Photograph:( ANI )

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The seat sharing was hammered out at a meeting betweenCongress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) secretary general Danish Ali at Kochi in Kerala this evening, party sources said.

After days of hectic parleys, Congress and JD(S) have reached a seat-sharing agreement in Karnataka for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in the state. 

News agency PTI quoting JD(S) sources said that Congress will contest 20 Lok Sabha seats while JD(S) eight under a deal finalised by the two ruling coalition partners Wednesday, the JDS said.

The seat sharing was hammered out at a meeting betweenCongress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) secretary general Danish Ali at Kochi in Kerala this evening, party sources said.

JD(S) will contest in Uttara Kannada, Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga, Tumkur, Hassan, Mandya, Bengaluru North and Vijayapura, according to the sources.

During a recent meeting with Rahul Gandhi at Delhi, JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda had scaled down his party's demand and asked the national party to allot at least 10 out of the 28 Lok Sabha seats to his party.

JD(S) had earlier demanded that it be given 12 seats to contest.

JD(S) has already announced Gowda's grandsons Nikhil Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna as candidates from the party bastions of Mandya and Hassan respectively.

While Nikhil is son of Chief Minister Kumaraswamy, Prajwal is the son of Gowda's elder son and PWD Minister H D Revanna. 

(With inputs from PTI)