As the dates for Karnataka byelections have been declared for November 3, former CM HD Kumaraswamy at a rally said that immediately after the fractured verdict in the 2018 Assembly polls, PM Narendra Modi offered him the Karnataka CM post.

While addressing a rally at Sira in Tumakuru, the former CM further added that the Prime Minister also said that once he assumes the chair, nobody would disturb him, but the mechanism of Congress ensured a non-BJP government

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He also termed the Congress-JDS government as an illegitimate government formed at the behest of the Congress.

Now the focus of the JD(S) is to ensure it retains the Sira Assembly which was earlier held by B Sathyanarayana.

The Congress and the BJP are yet to finalise the ticket for by-polls, while the JD(S) is almost sure of giving a ticket to immediate family members of late Sathyanarayana, banking on the sympathy factor.