Close on the heels of some State Congress leaders openly advocating the need for the party to patch up with the JD(S), in case the BJP does not get the required number of seats in the ensuing bypolls, veteran Congress leader and former Union Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday indicated that the party is not averse to such a proposal. But a clear picture will emerge only after the results on December 9, he added.
Mr. Kharge, who played a vital role in the formation of the Maharasthra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government last week, said that the party’s main aim now is to defeat all Congress defectors in the December 5 byelections.
“Nearly 70% of candidates, who defected from the Congress and the NCP, had been defeated in the Maharasthra Assembly elections and the same pattern would be repeated in Karnataka too. Legislators who had benefited the most under the Siddaramaiah government defected to the BJP,” Mr. Kharge said at a press conference here.