Prime News, State (Mysuru), May 2:- In an embarrassment for the ruling coalition in Karnataka, Higher Education and District In-charge Minister G T Devegowda on Wednesday said that Janata Dal (Secular) workers in parts of Mysuru-Kodagu Constituency have voted for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the April 18 Lok Sabha elections.
Addressing reporters, he said, “The leaders (Congress and JD(S)) could not resolve the differences between party workers in two months. May be if we had started the process earlier, we could have done better.”
Although the alliance was agreed upon by the top brass of both the parties, it was not welcomed by grassroots workers, especially in the Mysuru region that has witnessed decades of rivalry between the Congress and JD(S).
The comment from Devegowda, the Mysuru district in-charge minister, came despite the fact that he held joint rallies with his former prodigy-turned-foe Siddaramaiah as part of the campaign. The two top leaders coming together was to influence workers of both the parties to bury the past and fight unitedly against the BJP.
Notably, former chief minister Siddaramaiah just a year ago was defeated by GT Devegowda from Chamundeshwari Assembly segment.
In Mysuru-Kodagu, the contest is between outgoing MP Pratap Simha of the BJP and Congress-JD(S) candidate CH Vijayashankar. Vijayashankar, a former BJP man was reportedly the choice of SIddaramaiah who had ensured that the seat will be given to Congress as part of the seat-sharing talks.
Reacting to the comment, Vijayshankar said, “I don’t want to comment on what Devegowda supposedly told the media. He has campaigned for me in Chamundeshwari. We had a joint rally with the Congress and JD(S) in which he has publicly appealed the same. That’s what I know.”
He added, “May be Devegowda has said that JD(S) workers are not 100% working in favour of the coalition in a certain circumstance. There will be a few who will act like this, but this will not affect the result of the elections.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies).