Asaduddin Owaisi, the chief of the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party, on Monday said his party will support the Janata Dal (Secular) in the May 12 Assembly elections in Karnataka and not field its own candidates, The NewsMinute reported.
He said, "After due consideration and consultation, we have taken the decision that in the forthcoming Karnataka elections, our party will be supporting the JD (S) party". Also, he declared support to former PM HD Deve Gowda's Janata Dal (Secular) which is in pre-poll alliance with the Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
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Mr. Owaisi had earlier said that "people of the country are fed up with BJP governance and Congress is not a viable option, neither it can become one".
Karnataka came under President's rule, which was revoked on 7 November after JD (S) and the BJP chose to continue with the alliance and make Yeddyurappa the chief minister. JD (S) leader P G R Sindhia had confirmed that his party was in talks with Asaduddin Owaisi for a formal tie-up ahead of the polls. "We feel both national parties have totally failed". AIMIM will support JDS and will campaign for them. "MIM will not be fielding any candidates I will address public meetings support of JD (S) if there is need (sic)", Owaisi tweeted. "The central election committee of the party has decided the first 72 names for the ensuing Karnataka legislative assembly elections", said the BJP's state unit in a statement.
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Owaisi denied the charges that split in Muslim votes would benefit the BJP. I hope that the people of Karnataka will once again repose faith in the JD (S) so that a qualitative change can be brought in in Karnataka.
Karnataka, in the upcoming elections, is witnessing a three-corner fight with the Congress, BJP and the H D Deve Gowda-led JD (S) in the fray.
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The result of the election will be out on May 15.