Their leadership might have chosen to be in alliance, but Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) workers are in no mood to help each other. Congress leaders in Mandya have refused to campaign for JD(S) candidate Nikhil Kumaraswamy, son of Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.
Leading the rebellion is N. Cheluvarayaswamy, who had left the JD(S) for the Congress in the 2018 assembly poll, only to face a humiliating defeat. He was caught on tape soliciting support for Independent Sumalatha, who the BJP is backing. Other Congressmen defeated by the JD(S) in 2018-P.M.
Narendraswamy and Ramesh Bandi Sidde Gowda-have also refused to campaign for Nikhil. In Hassan and Shivamogga, Congress leaders are unable to persuade booth-level workers to support JD(S) candidates. In Mysuru, JD(S) leaders are unwilling to support Congress’s C.H. Vijayashankar, a protege of former CM Siddaramaiah.
JD(S) candidate G.T. Deve Gowda had trounced Siddaramaiah in the state poll and there is still bad blood between the two.