Karnataka: JD(S) to alliance with BSP in LS polls

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Bangalore, Oct 25: Ruling out any electoral allliance with Congress, former Prime Minister and JD(S) National President H D Deve Gowda on Saturday, Oct 25 said his party will fight the future elections in an understanding with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

Talking to newspersons here, he said JD(S) will have an alliance with BSP, TRS, Telugu Desam and Left parties both in Karnataka and at national level. Describing the coming assembly elections in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Chattisgarh and Jammu and Kashmir as 'mini general elections', Mr Gowda said the results in these states would set the trend for the coming Lok Sabha elections. BSP has already announced its intention to field its candidates for all the assembly seats in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. JD(S) has also identified two to three assembly constituencies in Madhyra Pradesh and Rajasthan, he said.

He alleged that both Congress and BJP, two major political forces in these six states were struggling to find ways to fight the anti-incumbancy factor. The mood of the voters was strongly against both Congress and BJP. ''It is not plain sailing for the two main political parties in these states and people want to have an alternate political front'' he said.

He said elections to Lok Sabha were likely to be held either in Aprll or May 2009.

Expressing solidarity with Lok Sabha Speaker Somanath Chatterjee, Mr Deve Gowda expressed concern over the attitude of the members of the Lok Sabha during the session. He also expressed regrets over decreasing number of sittings of the Parliament session in a year. It was only 39 days in 2008, he pointed out.

Calling upon all the political parties to look into the matter seriously the former prime minister wondered whether 'Parliamentary institution was losing its relevance. ''There is a need for all the political parties to have an intraction on the matter and find ways to restore the supremacy of Parliament, the highest institution in a democracy'' he said.


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