Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM not to contest Karnataka assembly polls, will support JD(S)

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2018

In the second list released today, the BJP has fielded Reddy's elder brother G Somashekar Reddy from Bellary City while Kumar Bangarappa will contest from Sorab.

Asaduddin Owaisi told ANI, "We will not contest in upcoming Karnataka elections, AIMIM will support JDS and will campaign for them. I believe it is in national interest, and Karnataka's interest, that a non-BJP, non-Congress government is formed in the state", Owaisi said.

Owaisi added that he would canvas for JD (S) candidates and address rallies if Kumaraswamy wanted him to. Following 2004 elections when Congress, JD (S) coalition government broke down, BJP and JD (S) reached to a deal to form a new government. "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. Owaisi's support to JD (S) assured a major divide of Muslim votes in the region.

"This allegation on us of cutting votes to benefit the BJP is baseless". He was also reportedly in talks with the Janata Dal-Secular. We did not contest in Gujarat, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir.

AIMIM now has seven Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) in Telangana and two MLAs in Maharashtra besides one seat in the Lok Sabha. "What happened to Congress there?"

The BSP and the JD (S) have entered into an alliance to contest the Karnataka Assembly polls together.

Last month, the party had indicated that it would field candidates in the May 12 Assembly polls in Karnataka.

According to News18, Owaisi had reportedly approached Deve Gowda for a seat-sharing agreement, which was turned down by the JD (S) supremo and former Prime Minister.

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