HDK to focus on N-K, Gowda on old Mysore

Janata Dal (Secular) State president H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday said he would focus on North Karnataka during the Assembly election campaign while his father H D Deve Gowda would extensively tour the old Mysore region.

Addressing the media here, Kumaraswamy said the JD(S) was aiming to win at least 70 to 75 seats in south Karnataka and 50 to 60 seats in north Karnataka. The party wants to play the role of a king and not a king-maker.

He said the party would tell voters how the two national parties - the Congress and the BJP - cheated the people of the state in the Cauvery water issue. He said the JD(S) would release two election manifestos - one for Bangalore and another for rural areas. The party would indicate from where it would source funds for the programmes which it intends to implement if voted to power.

The JD(S), which usually chooses public rallies and road shows to reach out to voters, this time has decided to go for media blitz also to gain the most in the polls. It has decided to adopt multi-pronged approach to reach both the rural and urban voters.

The party, which has relaunched its website, has decided to publicise the achievements and the schemes that were launched by the coalition government that was headed by Kumaraswamy as chief minister.

“All these years, we never paid attention to publicise our work or the party’s strength. But, this time we will make every effort to reach the people through various means. I have already visited 180 Assembly constituencies several times in the recent months. We will put up hoardings explaining what we did when we were in power and what we want to do if voted to power.”

The JD(S) leaders, meanwhile, welcomed the single-phase polling in the State stating that it would curtail electoral malpractices.

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