JD(S) rules out pre-poll alliance with other parties in K'taka

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Bangalore, Mar 24 (UNI) Exuding confidence that his party will come back to power on its own strength, senior JD(S) leader and former Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy today ruled out any pre-poll alliance with Samajwadi Party (SP) in Karnataka.

Speaking to newspersons here, Mr Kumaraswamy said ''there is no necessity to go for pre-poll alliance with any other political parties for the coming elections in Karnataka as the JD(S) would come back to power on its own strength.'' Stating that the statewide 'Jaithra Yathra,' undertaken by him had received overwhelming response, Mr Kumaraswamy expressed confidence that people would give a fitting reply to those who had dubbed that JD(S) was as an insignificant entity in the state.

Coming down heavily on former Maharashtra Governor S M Krishna that all the developmental works had come to a standstill during the coalition government rule in Karnataka, Mr Kumaraswamy said.

''People of the state have shown the door to the Congress in 2004 elections and need not take lessons from those leaders who were responsible for it.'' Criticising both Congress and the BJP for attempting to lure JD(S) leaders into their party, Mr Kumaraswamy said, ''it shows that the two principal political parties lacked confidence in facing the elections in Karnataka.'' Welcoming AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi's visit to Karnataka, Mr Kumaraswamy wished that people of the state would immensely benefit from it if he (Rahul) honestly tries to solve it.

Referring to recent unseasonal rains causing widespread damage, in the state, Mr Kumaraswamy urged Governor Rameshwar Thakur to take immediate relief measures and help the affected people, including farmers.

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