Rahul, Deve Gowda meeting remains inconclusive 

Rahul, Deve Gowda meeting remains inconclusive 

Talks between Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda on sharing of Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka on Wednesday remained inconclusive, with JD(S) sticking to its stand of contesting most of the South Karnataka parliamentary seats, including some held by Congress.

Gandhi, along with AICC general secretary K C Venugopal, drove to Gowda’s residence on Safdarjung Lane here and was closeted with him for more than two hours.

In the meeting which was also attended by JD(S) general secretary Danish Ali, leaders from both the parties discussed the sharing of seats in detail.

In the meeting, the JD(S) agreed to contest only 10 seats, down from its earlier demand of 12 seats. But the leaders failed to arrive at a decision on the party-wise allocation of seats.

The bone of contention was JD(S)’ demand to contest from some of the seats currently represented by Congress - including Chikkaballapur, Chitradurga, Kolar and Tumkur. JD(S) also sought Bengaluru North, Mysuru, Bidar and Raichur constituencies.

While Gandhi refused to spare any seat currently represented by Congress, the two leaders decided to hold another round of talks soon. Rahul reportedly said Mysuru or Bengaluru North seats could be ceded to JD(S), only if Gowda contests from any of these seats, sources said.

When there was no conclusion, the leaders decided that Venugopal and Ali will hold talks separately on seat allocation. After the talks, the two will submit a report to Gandhi. If Venugopal and Ali fail to arrive at any decision, Gandhi and Gowda will hold another round of talks, sources told DH. “Earlier, I had asked for 12 seats. At the meeting, I requested Rahulji to give at least 10 seats to the JD(S),” Gowda said.