JD(U), BJP fall apart in Karnataka

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Bangalore, Apr 21 (UNI) Talks on poll alliance for next month's elections to Karnataka Assembly between Janata Dal(U) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had reached a stalemate, have ended in the two erstwhile partners falling apart.

The JD(U) has now decided to contest alone in the coming assembly election in Karnataka and would field its candidates in about 50 constituencies and at least one in every district, party in charge for Karnataka Shambu Srivatsava said.

The party had already come out with a list of 25 candidates and the second list would be out soon.

Speaking to reporters here, he alleged the two parties had five rounds of talks to resume differences. But the 'tight fisted' and 'arrogant' BJP state leaders were responsible for the alliance falling apart.

''This parting of ways is only in Karnataka and not at national level. The BJP state unit offered us eight seats, of which we asked for only four. The other four are those which even BJP would have lost badly,'' he claimed.

Dr Srivatsava said the JD(U) had also decided to 'reject' the alliance as BJP had resorted to cheap ways to win at any cost in Karnataka.

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