BJP deputes Naqvi to talk to JD(U) on seat sharing in Karnataka

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New Delhi, Apr 11 (UNI) The BJP today deputed its Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to talk to the JD(U) leadership on the issue of seat-sharing in Karnataka, even as JD(U) President Sharad Yadav accused the BJP of not ladhering to "coalition Dharma" in the state.

"We don't react to media reports," senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said, adding the party leaders were already in touch with JD(U) leaders on the matter.

"Our endeavour is to have a seat sharing with the JD(U). I and Mr Anant Kumar(General Secretary), state BJP President Sadanand Gowda have already been touch with the JD(U) state President B Somashekhar on the issue," Mr Jaitley said.

When pointed out that the JD(U) was alleging that the BJP had released the first list of 136 candidates for all the three phases of election without consulting them, Mr Jaitley said the seats announced were basically the BJP constituencies where the JD(U) had little stakes. He added that the JD(U), too, had done the same thing in Bihar and "we did not mind it." About the predominent issues which would be the party's plank in the electioneering, Mr Jaitley said the betrayal by JD(S) leader Deve Gowda, denying the BJP its turn of having its chief minister for the last 20 months of the assembly term, would be one of the major issues along with price rise, inflation, food shortage and agrarian crisis leading to farmers suicide.

To a question, Mr Jaitley asserted that the BJP was confident to form a government in Karnataka on its own. "Yet, we will have an alliance with THE JD(U) to adhere to coalition dharma as we do in another states where BJP has dominence," he said.

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