The most low-key of the major parties at the crucial state of candidate selection is the Janata Dal (Secular), led by former chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and his father and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda. This under-the-wraps election strategy may well be because it does not want overconfidence to skewer its electoral plans. The JD(S) has been a somewhat unpredictable electoral force, capable of a surprise bounce-back. It has announced its first list of 122 candidates and will shortly announce the second list of 102. . Many leaders, who deserted the party for the BJP have returned, while some who did not get the party ticket have quit. Confined to the Old Mysore region, and heavily caste-based, there is some discontent but no sign of large-scale rebellion.