Karnataka Assembly poll likely to be held in May: JD(S)

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Bangalore, Feb 26 (UNI) The Election to dissolved Karnataka Assembly in all probability will be held in May, former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) President H D Deve Gowda said today.

Addressing party workers here, he asked them to gear up for the election, as it was likely to be held before the expiry of the President's Rule imposed in November last year.

Mr Gowda said the election would be held after the delimitation process was completed. The Election Commission, which had taken up the task of redefining the Assembly constituencies in mandya district on experimental basis, had completed it within three days and the poll would not be postponed beyond May, he added.

Criticising both the BJP and Congress in Karnataka, Mr Gowda alleged that their one-point the agenda was to destroy the JD(S), but their efforts would not succeed.

Condemning the Governor's rule in Karnataka, Mr Gowda said the only agenda before Governor Rameshwar Thakur was to remove the officers, who were suspected to be ''sympathetic'' towards the JD (S).

Announcing that his party was strong enough to take on BJP and Congress, Mr Gowda said the JD (S) would maintain its identity the and would not succumb to pressures from other political parties.

Urging the party workers to strive hard to keep afloat the party, the JD(S) supremo said it was necessary to protect the interests of poor and downtrodden in the society.

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