JD(S) will emerge as dark horse in 2018 Assembly poll: HDK

Former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy said, the JD(S) will emerge as a dark horse in the 2018 Assembly elections.

Speaking to media persons here on Saturday, the JD(S) state president said, he was still committed to his statement that it would be his last election, if his party does not get a clear mandate in the next Assembly polls in 2018.

Stating that he would release the first list of 125 MLA candidates of the party on March 15, Kumaraswamy said that in the last polls, the delay in announcement of candidates marred the party’s prospects. “The JD(S) will not forge pre-election alliance with any party, including the BJP.

The candidates will get at least one year for the preparations for the elections. If there are any lapses in the list or in the preparations by the candidates, they will be rectified,” he said. He clarified that only two members of his family would contest the next Assembly polls.

Cong failure

Criticising the state government for its failure in tackling the problems faced by the people, including drought situation, he compared the ministers in the Congress party to forest brigand Veerappan.

“The government has not been able to provide adequate fodder for cattle in rural areas. The situation has worsened in some districts,” he said.

Replying to a query on the allegation by former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa that Siddaramaiah has paid Rs 1,000 crore to the Congress high command to stay in power, Kumarswamy question as to what Siddaramaiah has to say about the admission of Govindaraju that it was true that there was a mention about the issue in his diary. “The case may not be proved in the court of law, as entries in diaries would not be accepted as evidence, but, if Siddaramaiah has any morality, he should resign,” he said.

On the assurance by Siddaramaiah that he was committed to executing the Mekedaatu drinking water project, Kumaraswamy asked, is it possible to execute the project in the remaining one year term of Congress government. “The assurance should not become an election gimmick,” he warned.
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