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Deve Gowda calls alliance with Congress “a mistake”, won’t repeat again

Bengaluru | JD(S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda on Monday has termed the alliance with Congress a “mistake” and said that he will never repeat it.

Deve Gowda’s statement comes days after he indicated another alliance with the grand old party, weeks after falling out of the coalition Karnataka government.

“There are chances of mid-term polls in the state. If they come, let’s contest independently without going for an alliance with anyone,” Gowda was quoted by PTI as saying in a statement by his office.

“Will not still commit that mistake. Let’s face all the elections independently,” he said.

He had hinted that he was open for an alliance with the Congress in 17 assembly constituencies, where bypolls have been necessitated following the disqualification of rebel MLAs, but said it all depended on the decision of the national party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi.

The JD(S) and Congress leader Siddaramaiah have reportedly been blaming each other for the fallout of the H D Kumaraswamy led coalition government in July after it was rocked by dissidence.

Several top party leaders, speaking on condition of anonymity, had recently said that the entire rank and file of the party were happy to end the partnership with JD(S).

The absence and resignation of 17 Congress-JD(S) MLAs during the trust vote had led to the collapse of the H D Kumaraswamy headed coalition government in July and helped the BJP come to power.

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