Karnataka- Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Seat sharing wrangling between Karnataka’s ruling coalition parties Congress and JD(S) has reached a pact. JD(S) had demanded 12 seats but were given 8. Congress has conceded Tumakuru seat that it holds to JD(S).
Coalition government seat sharing started doing rounds a while back in Karnataka. JD(S) had asked for 12 seats and the congress had sited on winnability criteria.
No seat has been earmarked for Mayawati, who is Mr Kumaraswamy’s ally in the State.
Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Seat sharing – Winnability criteria :
The two allies JD(S) and Congress who formed the coalition government in Karnataka after striking a post-poll alliance threw up a hung verdict, decided to fight the Karnataja Lok Sabha Polls 2019 together under a coalition arrangement.
According to KPCC President Dinesh Gundurao, “we have discussed all 28 Lok Sabha seats. It has been decided based pm the winnability of the candidates”.
Karnataka- Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Seat-sharing became a major test for coalition government parties. The JD(S) banked on two-third, one-third formula adopted in ministry formation and allocation of boards and corporations. JD(S) had demanded 10 to 12 seats out of the total 28.
JD(S) vs. Congress – Coalition Government seat sharing:
The Vokkaliga centered region of Mandya was a bone of contention between the coalition government partners as JD(S) is fielding Kumaraswamy’ ‘s son Nikhil from the seat that it currently holds.
The congress got pressure within the party to field Smt. Sumalatha Ambareesh, wife of late actor-turned-politician M.H. Ambareesh from there.
JD(S) had its pick – the list includes the prize seats of Shimogga, Tumakur, Hassan, Mandya and Bengaluru North.
The grand old party of Congress was under pressure from its party workers not to surrender the seats to the JD(S).
Karnataka – Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Seat sharing – Congress :
The congress party will be contesting 20 Lok Sabha seats in the coming Lok Sabha polls 2019. The deal was finalized at Kochi Between Congress national President Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) secretary general Danish Ali.
In the deal of seat sharing, the JD(S) had gained 2 seats i.e, Tumakuru and Bengaluru North where it has a favourable support base.
The party conceded Mysuru and Chikkaballapura constituencies. The compromise of JD(S) has given a new life to Veerappa Moily as he retained the Chikkaballapura seat in 2014 Lok Sabha polls by a mere margin.
HIGHLIGHTS – Karnataka Lok Sabha Polls 2019 SEat sharing :
- JD(S) gets crucial seats like Shimogga, Tumakur, Hassan, Mandya, Bengaluru North, Uttara Kannada, Chikkamangaluru and Vijayapura.
- JD(S) had been haggling over Mysuru-Kodagu seat, which went to Congress
- The southern region of the State is where both parties have a base
Hassan and Mandya are considered the JD(S) strongholds, although the leaders’ apparent plans to field two grandsons of Devegowda — Prajwal and Nikhil — in these seats has caused some dissatisfaction within the party. Out of 8 seats 3 seats are confirmed to be going to the Gowda family.
Nikhil is being fielded by Mandya, Prajwal from Hassan and Bengaluru North is being considered as a possible seat for Mr Devegowda.
In 2014, the BJP had walked off with the bulk share of the seats – 17 Nos. The Congress won 9 and the JD(S) 2 seats. But to the 43 per cent vote share of the BJP, the combined vote share of the Congress and the JD(S) was nearly 52 per cent.
Karnataka- Seat sharing choice – Deve Gowda :
The JD(S) Supremo Deve Gowda has an option of contesting from either Bengaluru north or from Tumakuru. He has already given up the seat of Mandya and Hassan to his grandson’s Nikhil Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna.
JD(S) had a good show in the last years Assembly elections in Vijayapura Assembly.
The Congress has given up the seats of Shivamogga, where B.S.Yeddyurappa contested and Uttara Kannada, where Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hedge contested, to JD(S).
Former CM Siddaramaiah, who had insisted that the Congress keep the Mysuru seat, had his way.
Karnataka- Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Seat sharing by JD(S) :
Both Mr. Devegowda and Mr. Kumaraswamy had a series of meetings with congress President Mr.Gandhi. After each meeting, they underscored that winning seats, and not their number, was crucial. Party sources initially said the JD(S) was willing to settle for nine seats. After Mr Kumaraswamy’s meeting with Rahul Gandhi, the figure dropped to eight.
Prakash Raj has announced that he is contesting from Bengaluru Central. But Bengaluru Central has many ticket aspirants from congress. As Prakash raj has sought congress support, the party may not field a candidate against him.
The political weather in India is going to be the hottest like never before as we go for the national election.
Congress minister D.K.Shivakumar :
D.K. Shivakumar is often seen as a trouble-shooter for the Congress. With his sharpness to heal political wounds, he is the go-to man during all political crises. But when it comes to Mandya, it certainly seems like he has lost out on his charm.
With Ambareesh’s widow Sumalatha sticking to her guns on contesting from Mandya, she has become a certain headache for both the Congress and the JD(S).
The opposition to DK Shivakumar coming to Mandya is coming not from anywhere else, but from Mandya itself. The local leadership of Mandya Congress is dead against DK Shivakumar coming to Mandya as a peacemaker.
The local leaders have started a campaign called ‘Go Back DK Shivakumar’ as a mark of protest against him. And it is no secret that the local leaders of Mandya Congress do not want Nikhil Kumaraswamy contesting from there.
Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Sumalatha Ambareesh :
Sumalatha Ambareesh clarified her fans that she will be contesting from Mandya Lok Sabha Constituency. She was responding to the rumours that she might decide against contesting. She used Social media and clarified her stand on standing for elections from Mandya.
Actor Sumalatha Ambareesh and her son Abhishek Gowda campaigned for the Lok Sabha elections at BG Pura Hobli in Balakavad, Mandya during her campaign tour.
Sumalatha started her campaign from Malavalli with son Abhishek Gowda. The actor participated in a hunger strike organized by like-minded people near the statue of Viswesharaiah in the city urging tickets to only locals.
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