Will win a minimum of 12 of 15 Assembly seats in bypolls: Siddu

Team Udayavani, Nov 12, 2019, 7:17 PM IST

Bengaluru: Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Tuesday expressed confidence about winning minimum 12 out of 15 assembly seats in Karnataka that will go to the bypolls next month.

The former Chief Minister, who expressed suspicion about “internal understanding” between BJP and JD(S), also made it clear that Congress will not indulge in any practice like ‘operation Kamala’ (poaching of opposite party MLAs).

“I have said, we will win 12 seats, even if we get all 15 seats it will not be a surprise,” Siddaramaiah, also congress legislature party leader, said.

Speaking to reporters at Vijayapura, he said, the Congress state unit will discuss with the high command and decide on the candidates for the remaining 7 seats after the Supreme Court verdict on the disqualified MLAs petition on Wednesday.

He said the party had already declared candidates for 8 seats.

Bypolls to 15 of 17 seats represented by disqualified MLAs, whose resignation and absence from the trust vote led to the fall of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government, and made way for the BJP to come to power, will be held on December 5.

The top court is scheduled to pronounce on November 13 its verdict on the pleas of 17 disqualified Congress-JD (S) MLAs challenging the orders of the then Assembly speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to disqualify them, ruling that those disqualified cease to be MLAs with immediate effect till the expiry of the 15th assembly (in 2023).

The BJP that will need to win at least six of 15 seats which will go to the bypolls, to remain in power, plans to give tickets to disqualified MLAs, after looking at the court verdict, according to sources.


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