'Cong local units will decide on ULB polls alliance'

'Cong local units will decide on ULB polls alliance'

Former chief minister Siddaramaiah being welcomed at Hubballi Airport on Thursday.

District units of the Karnataka Congress have been authorised to take a decision at the local level about forging an alliance for the urban local body polls, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on Thursday.

Polls to 105 urban local bodies in the state are scheduled for August 29.

During the recent constituency wise meeting about preparations for Lok Sabha polls, a majority of the party's local leaders had reportedly expressed their opposition to an alliance with the JD(S) in the urban local body polls.

"We have left it to district units, they will decide. In the local body election.... there is no alliance (across the state)," Siddaramaiah, the Congress legislature party leader told reporters at Hubballi.

However, he said there would be an alliance for the Lok Sabha polls.

Seat sharing arrangement between both the parties for Lok Sabha polls, especially in the old Mysuru region where JD(S) is strong and Congress too has its sitting MPs, is going to be a test for the coalition.

Not wishing to comment on questions relating to certain issues on the state government, Siddaramaiah, who is also the chairman of the coalition coordination committee, said it is important for both parties to follow "coalition dharma."

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