Former Prime Minister Deve Gowda to contest RS poll with Congress backing

South India

Ending the weeks-long suspense, the Congress has extended support to former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda to contest the Rajya Sabha election in Karnataka.

His son HD Kumaraswamy tweeted on Monday, June 8, that the Congress has confirmed its support to the senior leader. A candidate needs 44 votes to win the election for four seats being held on June 10 in Karnataka. The Congress, which has 68 MLAs, has fielded senior leader Mallikarjun Khargee for one seat, has 24 votes excess.

Janata Dal (S), which has 34 MLAs in the state assembly, needs 11 more votes to ensure the victory of the party candidate. With the Congress agreeing to transfer the surplus votes in its kitty, the victory of the veteran has become certain.

Deve Gowda, who was defeated in last year’s Lok Sabha election, was reluctant to contest the election as he did not like to face another defeat. However, he is understood to have enter the fray after interim-Congress president Sonia Gandhi personally called him and assured her party’s support to him.

He is expected to file the nomination on June 9. Kharge has already filed the nomination on Monday. The BJP has fielded two candidates and was debating a third candidate in the light of the uncertainty over the candidature of Gowda.

Meanwhile, sources said that in return for backing Gowda, the Congress expects support from the JDS in the legislative council polls later this month (with inputs from agencies).

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