Bengaluru: Janata Dal (Secular) chief and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda on Sunday refuted reports of him contesting the Rajya Sabha elections and added that he is more concerned about strengthening his party in Karnataka.

 "I am not interested in going to Rajya Sabha. My concern is to build and strengthen the party in the region to the best of my ability. I had declared earlier that I will not contest elections anymore," Deve Gowda said, according to an ANI report.

"My party MP D Kupendra Reddy is there in the Rajya Sabha as of now and further decisions will be taken by the party. In March 2019, towards the end of the 16th Lok Sabha I had declared that I will not contest any more elections," Deve Gowda added.

 Four Rajya Sabha seats of Karnataka are about to fall vacant in June this year as two MPs from Congress, and one each from the BJP and JD(S) retire.