Bangalore: Former prime minister HD Deve Gowda-led JDS on Friday announced its first list of candidates for the May 5 Karnataka Assembly elections. Former chief minister and sitting MP HD Kumaraswamy and his wife Anitha will both be contesting. She will be fielded from Channapatna - known as the stronghold of former minister CP Yogeshwar who has quit the BJP.
On March 31, the party had said that it would announce its list of candidates by the second week of April. Kumaraswamy said the names of at least 170 candidates had been finalised and they were waiting for Gowda's nod.
He dismissed reports that JDS was waiting for the Congress and BJP to announce their lists. "There are a few issues with the selection of candidates, but it does not mean they cannot be resolved," he added.
Replying to yet another query, Kumaraswamy claimed former minister B Sreeramulu, who floated BSR Congress after breaking away from BJP, was keen on an alliance with JDS for the polls and talks had been held in this regard. JDS was analysing pros and cons of the tie-up. "Sreeramulu, however, is keen on the tie up," he said.
Kumaraswamy claimed the Congress and BS Yeddyurappa's Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) had reached a "secret understanding" on the polls, but denied JDS having any such clandestine tie up with any party in the state.
He alleged that BJP and Congress were conspiring against JDS to finish it off in the state.
With additional information from PTI