Bangalore North Congress MLAs seek rectification of grievances
Several Congress leaders from Bangalore North met legislature party leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah and requested his intervention in sorting out issues relating to the constituency
Bengaluru: The Congress legislators from Bangalore North Lok Sabha seat on Saturday said that chief minister HD Kumaraswamy would have to address their constituency-related issues, a day after announcing they will work together for JD(S) patriarch HD Deve Gowda's victory if he contests from the constituency.
According to reports, Congress leaders from Bangalore North met legislature party leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah and requested his intervention.
"Seven of us- five Congress and two from JD(S) are together. Let there be no doubt about the victory of our (coalition) candidate. We will all work together, but personally there are some issues related to our constituency," Yeshwanthpura MLA ST Somashekar said.
Speaking to reporters after meeting with CLP leader Siddarmaiah, Somashekar said, "We have asked for his mediation in solving those issues."
"If we are convinced that our issues are solved, we have assured him (Siddaramaiah) that we will abide by AICC's decision hundred percent," he said while noting that Congress and JD(S) have bitterly fought against each other in the past.
Congress legislators from Bangalore North after a joint meeting with two JD(S) MLAs from the constituency on Friday had said they would work for the victory of Gowda if he contests as the regional party's candidate.
According to the seat-sharing arrangement reached by the coalition partners, Bangalore North that is currently represented by Union Minister Sadanada Gowda of BJP has gone to JD(S).
Out of eight assembly constituencies in Bangalore North five are with Congress, two with JD(S) and one with BJP.
Somashekar said he along with other Congress MLAs would meet Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao in this regard.
Transfer of Congress' votes to JD(S) is said to be key for the regional party's victory in the constituency that is dominated by Vokkaligas, migrant population, as also minorities.
Speculation is rife that Deve Gowda, who has handed over his constituency Hassan, to grandson Prajwal Revanna will be contesting from either Bangalore North or Tumkur constituency.
However, Gowda is yet to decide about the constituency that he will be contesting from.
Gowda had earlier indicated that he might not contest polls, citing age as the reason.