Seven former JDS MLAs join Cong in Karnataka

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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the rebel leaders were joining the Congress because they did not see a future for themselves in the JD (S), which has become a party of former prime minister H D Devegowda and his sons.

"After seeing the cross-voting the agent protested".

Koliwad told reporters he had accepted the resignations because they were in order. "Will he listen to us?" said Khan.

The observer from the Election Commission has been requested to "countermand" the election process, he added.

L. Hanumanthaiah, Syed Naseer Hussain and GC Chandrasekhar of the Congress and Rajeev Chandrashekar of the BJP were declared elected by the Returning Officer.

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The Congress won 122 seats in the 2013 polls and this year, the survey gave 126 seats to the ruling party of the state.

Addressing Congress workers at Sri Kanaka Dasa Stadium here during the party's "Janashirvada" Yatra at Malavalli yesterday, Rahul said the "S" in the JD (S) stood for not "Secular", but for "Sangh Parivar"!

He also hit out at the BJP and RSS for harping on "One India" while the view of the Congress was of "One Nation".

In August past year, C-Fore, a research organisation, had claimed that the Congress might win 120 to 132 seats, while the BJP, which has been trying hard to oust Siddaramaiah, would finish second with 60 to 72 seats.

However, the fight will be between the third candidate of the Congress and the JDS' Farooq.

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Shah's meeting with the seer is being seen as an attempt to reach out to the Lingayats/Veeshaivas, who are numerically and politically powerful in the state and form a major voter base for the BJP.

Assembly elections in the state are expected in the next two months. Speaking to reporters after resigning, Khan said he chose to walk out of JD (S) because it has become "a party of oneupmanship".

In the 225-member assembly (including one nominated), each candidate will require 44 votes to win a Rajya Sabha seat.

Farooq had earlier too contested from JDS during the biennial elections to fill four Rajya Sabha seats from Karnataka in June 2016 but had lost, as eight MLAs from the party voted in support of Congress candidate.

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