MIM to support JD (S) in Karnataka elections

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi Kashmiri Muslims

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi Kashmiri Muslims

Shocked over the verdict in the sensational Mecca Masjid bomb blast case of 2007, AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi today alleged that several prosecution witnesses changed their stand and turned hostile be after Narendra Modi-led NDA government came to power at the Centre.

Earlier this month, talks were doing rounds that former prime minister Devegowda's Janata Dal-Secular (JD (S)) was looking to join hands with AIMIM.

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Asaduddin Owaisi told The New Indian Express that his party will try its best to ensure that the JD (S) comes to power. MIM will not be fielding any candidates I will address public meetings support of of JDS if there is need, " Owaisi said in a message on Twitter on Monday. There were also speculations that MIM was talking to JD (S) leader Deve Gowda for an electoral understanding.

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According to Mr Owaisi, the party feels that both national parties, the BJP and the Congress, have failed to live up to the expectations and hopes of the people of Karnataka and that's why they have made a decision to support the JD (S) completely. "We will not contest the upcoming Karnataka elections, AIMIM will support the JD (S)". MIM will, however, contest the urban local body elections scheduled after the Assembly polls.

Owaisi denied the charges that split in Muslim votes would benefit the BJP. Last week Telangana Chief Minister and TRS President during his visit to Bengaluru had announced his party's support to the JD (S). And on Monday, with the AIMIM throwing its weight behind JD (S), the prospects of a non-Congress, non-BJP party gaining strength in the Karnataka Assembly are expected to gather steam.

Speaking about the JD (S)'s campaign so far, Narayana said it was still concentrated on consolidating Vokkaliga votes. The party that had initially identified seats, especially in North Karnataka and Bengaluru, to field its candidates has now chose to exclusively back H D Kumaraswamy.

Owaisi's announcement comes in the wake of the recent appeal by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao to vote for the JD (S) which is now led by its president and former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. The counting will take place on May 15.

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