KARNATAKA

AIPJD ties up with KRRS

Bangalore Dec. 24. The All-India Progressive Janata Dal, on Wednesday, concluded a pact with the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha to float the Karnataka Progressive Democratic Front on the lines of the National Democratic Alliance at the Centre.

Briefing presspersons after the discussions, the President of the State unit of the party, K.N. Nage Gowda, and the President of the sangha and former MLA, K.S. Puttanaiah, said the details of the electoral understanding, including the number of seats that the two parties would contest, would be finalised in a few weeks. Among those present at the discussions were the party leaders, H.N. Nanje Gowda, M. Raghupathy, B. Somashekhar, and Basavaraj Bommai.

Mr. Nage Gowda said the front would maintain equidistance from the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. While discussions with the Janata Party were already in progress, the All-India Progressive Janata Dal was confident that the former Prime Minister, H.D. Deve Gowda, would come out with a merger formula before December 31.

The sangha, headed by Mr. Puttanaiah, is a faction of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha headed by M.D. Nanjundaswamy. The All-India Progressive Janata Dal plans to hold discussions with Prof. Nanjundaswamy too.

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