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GULBARGA: Former Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh, MP, on Wednesday defended the alliance with the Janata Dal (Secular) in the elections from the local authorities constituencies to the Legislative Council, saying it was part of a long-term strategy of the party to prevent the division of secular votes and check the growing influence of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Talking to The Hindu here, Mr. Singh said that it was because of the division of secular votes that the BJP gained ground in the State, and “if the same understanding had happened during the Assembly elections and the subsequent byelections, the secular forces would have defeated the BJP.”

The former Chief Minister said there was no division among top leaders in the State over the alliance with the Janata Dal (S).

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