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‘Congress will secure absolute majority’

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Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah inducting leaders from other political parties into the Congress at a convention in Mysore on Monday. A.H. Vishwanath, MP, is seen.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah inducting leaders from other political parties into the Congress at a convention in Mysore on Monday. A.H. Vishwanath, MP, is seen.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah has said that the Congress will get absolute majority in the Assembly elections.

“At least four surveys have indicated that we will get 120 to 130 seats,” he said here on Monday. The Congress leader was here to attend a programme to induct leaders from other parties into the Congress.

Mr. Siddaramaiah said the people were fed up with the Bharatiya Janata Party government and they would not opt for a coalition government.

He expressed confidence that the party would win 14 of the 15 Assembly seats in Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts. The party won 12 seats in the last elections.

In Mandya and Hassan districts, considered to be the stronghold of the Janata Dal (Secular), the Congress would win at least five and four seats respectively. Observing that there was a wave in favour of the Congress in the State, Mr. Siddaramaiah said the JD(S)’ wish to come to power would remain a dream. “They [JD-S] may not be able to win the seats they won last time,” he said.

Countering former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy’s claim that he was behind his [Mr. Siddaramaiah’s] growth in politics, Mr. Siddaramaiah attributed his rise in politics to the support from the people of Mysore taluk.

“He [Mr. Kumaraswamy] was not active in politics when we founded the Janata Dal. I never went after power and the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda expelled me from the party for holding AHINDA convention in Hubli,” he said.

A.H. Vishwanath, MP; and H.C. Mahadevappa, former Minister, were present. C. Basave Gowda; chairman, Mysore District Cooperative Bank, B.S. Krishnamade Gowda; former chairman; K. Mahadev, secretary, Vokkaligara Sangha, Bangalore; B.P. Suresh, former Deputy Commissioner of Police; and K. Umashankar former Mysore Milk Union president.

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