Cong to forge alliance with like-minded parties in K'taka: Chouhan

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Mysore, Oct 25 (UNI) Union Minister and All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Prithiviraj Chouhan today said the Congress would have an alliance with like-minded secular parties for the coming Karnataka Assembly by-elections.

Speaking to newspersons here, he said the Congress party's main aim was to defeat the communal forces in the state.

The BJP-led government in the state had failed to give good governance to the people, he alleged.

Stating that the state unit of the Congress party has been consulting with the party's leadership for the alliance and no final decision has been taken in this regard, he said the party leadership would soon come out with clear stratigies to face the ruling BJP in the eight Assembly by-elections, which was necessitated following the elected MLAs resigned from their posts to join BJP.

Referring to the probable alliance with the Janata Dal(Secular) in the coming by-elections, he said at the moment no such move was made.

Admitting that the party had lost the last elections in the Assembly under his leadership, he said there were various reasons for the party's defeat and corrective measure would be the solution for this.

The party was on a right direction now to go ahead in Karnataka to dethrone the communal forces, he said.

Replying to a question on the former Deputy Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramiah not been given important post in the party, Mr Chouhan said he was a senior leader and the party would utilise his serivces at the right time.

The KPCC would be revamped shortly and all the party leaders would be utilised in the coming days to strengthen the party to recapture power in the state, he added.

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