Confident of winning at least five to six Lok Sabha seats just a couple of days ago, the Janata Dal (Secular) had to scout for candidates before the deadline for filing of nominations.
The party’s ‘wait and grab’ policy to woo displeased leaders from other political parties and field them as candidates did not yield results this time, though it was successful in roping in V. Dhananjay Kumar from the BJP and Mahima Patel, son of former Chief Minister J.H. Patel from the Congress. They were fielded from Udupi-Chikmaglur and Davangere constituencies respectively.
It had planned to play a key role in the event of a fractured verdict by winning as many seats as possible, and had kept its doors open for party hoppers. For this very reason, former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy was made to contest reluctantly from Chickballapur.
Party sources told The Hindu that the final list of 12 candidates was not ready till late Tuesday night.