JD (S)-Cong talks over 4th RS seat from K'taka Assy

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New Delhi, Jun 14 (UNI) The Janata Dal (Secular) and Congress have begun their talks on the fourth Rajya Sabha seat from the Karnataka Assembly which could only be won through cooperation between the two parties.

Sources said today the Congress leadership was in touch with Janata Dal (S) President and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda seeking support of his 28 MLAs for the fourth seat.

The Congress with its 80 MLAs can win one seat on its own strength and will have to seek support of the JD (S) for winning the second seat as each RS member needs to have the support of 46 MLAs.

However, a decision between the two parties is expected to come only on June 16, the last day of filing nomination papers.

The scrutiny is on June 17 while the last day for withdrawal is June 19. The elections if necessary will be held on June 26.

The ruling BJP in Karnataka, which has the support of 116 MLAs including six Independents, has announced the names of former Bihar Governor Rama Jois and former Congress MP Prabhakar Kore as its nominees. The party has authorised BJP President Rajnath Singh to take an appropriate decision regarding the fielding of the fourth seat.

In a related development, JD (S) Secretary-General Kunwar Danish Ali-- who has been named as the JD (S) nominee-- left for Bangalore apparently to file his nomination papers.

The JD (S) may also seek the RS seat this time in return for its support of 28 MLAs for its Legislative Council seats, sources said.

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