There will be no post-poll alliance with the Janata Dal (Secular), Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar told reporters Wednesday morning amid voting for the 2023 Assembly election. Ruling out a post-poll deal – the Cong, JDS teamed up to win the 2018 election but their government crashed after rebel MLAs broke off to join the Bharatiya Janata Party – Shivakumar said: “There are no chances of alliance with JDS. We will form the government on our own”
The confident claim echoed ex-chief minister Siddaramaiah’s prediction of 130 to 150 seats for the Congress and those by multiple surveys that hand the party a narrow victory. In 2018 the JDS won 37 seats, the Congress 78 and the BJP 104; the Congress and the JDS combined to keep the BJP out of power.
The Congress’ apparently firm ‘no’ will not worry the Kannada party; last month party chief and ex-prime minister HD Deve Gowda was similarly dismissive.
The issue is price rise, corruption, good governance and development…” Shivakumar said. “I am appealing to everyone… please vote by looking at our gas cylinders. I have advised all my leaders to put a garland on it (the cylinder.”