H D Deve Gowda asks Congress not to take his party for granted

BENGALURU: With strain showing up in the ruling JD(S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka, former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda on Thursday issued a terse warning to the Congress not to take his regional party for granted.
“Six non-NDA parties may have attended the swearing-in ceremony of H D Kumaraswamy as chief minister to present a united opposition, but it is not necessary that they will contest together in all states in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls,” Gowda told reporters in New Delhi.
In a show of unity, top leaders of the Congress, TMC, BSP, AAP, CPM and TDP had attended the ceremony in May in Bengaluru.
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Gowda said the Samajwadi Party and BSP are still discussing sharing of 40 seats each in the general elections in Uttar Pradesh. In West Bengal, TMC and Congress have almost reached a consensus to fight together. But in other states, including NCP in Maharashtra, TDP in Andhra Pradesh and TRS in Telangana are yet to take a stand.