Owaisi's AIMIM not to contest Karnataka polls, will support JDS

Karnataka polls: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi announces support for JD(S)

And we feel that the two national parties have failed to live up to the aspirations and hopes of the people of Karnataka and that is why we made a decision to support the JD (S) completely. As per the deal, the chief ministership was to be shared between Kumaraswamy and BS Yeddyurappa for an equal period of time.

Kumaraswamy is the son of former prime minister and JD (S) supremo HD Deve Gowda, and now, the state president of the party. He has thanked me and wherever it is possible for me to go and address public meetings, my party members and myself will go and address.

Mr. Owaisi had earlier said that "people of the country are fed up with BJP governance and Congress is not a viable option, neither it can become one". In the second list released today, the BJP has fielded Reddy's elder brother G Somashekar Reddy from Bellary City while Kumar Bangarappa will contest from Sorab.

The AIMIM's entry into Karnataka electoral politics was expected to eat into Congress' vote share that draws its support from AHINDA (an acronym for Minorities, Backward Classes and Dalits) of which Muslims form a huge chunk.

"All our efforts and endeavours will be to ensure that JD (S) gets the maximum number of seats", Owaisi told reporters. And we will not be putting our candidates and I've spoken to Mr Kumaraswamy and I've assured him my support to his party and to him. "He too wants a regional party to come to power in the state, because he feels only such parties can address the issues of the people", Kumaraswamy said. "We will definitely benefit from these coalitions. JDS is the only hope for the state", he said.

Speaking about the JD (S)'s campaign so far, Narayana said it was still concentrated on consolidating Vokkaliga votes. The result of the election will be out on 15 May.

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