JD(U) will win at least eight seats: Somashekar

B. Somashekar

B. Somashekar  

K.N. Venkatasubba Rao and B.S. Ramesh

The party has fielded 71 candidates

JD(U) undaunted by the BJP’s ‘arrogant’ attitude

Bangalore: President of the State unit of the Janata Dal (United) B. Somashekar has asserted that his party has public support and character to prove its point in the coming Assembly elections by winning eight to 15 seats despite the Bharatiya Janata Party’s “deceitful politics.”

“We expected that the BJP would like to continue its electoral relationship with us in compliance with the NDA sprit. But the State unit offered only four seats in response to our demand of 20 seats. We are undaunted by the BJP’s arrogant attitude. We have fielded 71 candidates across the State. We fight issues in our own way on ethical grounds,” he said.

Mr. Somashekar made this point in an interview to The Hindu while campaigning at Kirugavalu village, the nucleus of a new hobli included to his constituency under the delimitation.

Mr. Somashekar won four times from his home constituency Malavalli (SC) — in 1983, 1985, 1994 and 1999 — and lost in 1989 and 2004. He held Primary and Secondary Education and Higher Education and Revenue portfolios in the late Ramakrishna Hegde and the late J.H. Patel’s Governments respectively. He is again contesting from Malavalli (SC) constituency in Mandya district, where he is locked in a triangle fight.

Replying to a query on whether the BJP refused to ally with the Janata Dal (United) owing to the latter’s dismal performance in the previous elections, he said that of the 25 seats contested, it won five, lost four by a narrow margin and stood in the third position in many constituencies. Fighting the elections in compliance with tenets of value-based politics was itself a virtue, he said. It would have been a shame had the Janata Dal (United) lost the elections owing to the issues such as defection, corruption, non performance or moral loss of the candidates, he said.

On its association with the BJP in the post-election scenario, the Dalit leader said that his party’s national leadership would look into such things and also of all other related issues such as the Janata Dal (United) and National Democratic Alliance’s future course when the occasion demands. The party did not lose its courage and compromise with its conviction even when its frontline leaders such as Siddaramaiah, P.G. R. Sindhia and M. P. Prakash left the party to join the Janata Dal (Secular). Whether the Janata Dal (United) would make it in the elections or not, the party would work for the welfare of the individuals and society in compliance with the ideals. A look at the candidates and their social and financial status JD (U) had fielded would itself a testimony of the ideal plank of the party, Mr. Somashekar added.

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