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Discussions underway to seek support of 10 INDIA bloc partners for Cong in K’taka: D.K. Shivakumar

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Bengaluru, April 3 (IANS) Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar has said that discussions are on to seek the support of 10 political parties of the INDIA bloc in the state.Addressing a joint press conference of the INDIA bloc parties on Tuesday, he said, “We are discussing the support of about 10 parties of the INDIA bloc in Karnataka. It is not important how many votes they bring to the table but we are more keen on the people who follow their ideology.””Congress and JD-S fought the 2019 elections in Tumkur together. CPI party secured 17,000 votes and Deve Gowda lost the elections by a mere 12,000 voters. We don’t want similar situation in 2024 elections. Hence, we want all the alliance partners to work unitedly. We are discussing this,” he added.Shivakumar, who is also the Karnataka Congress chief, accused the Centre of levelling unnecessary allegations on opposition leaders. “We condemn these action in one voice. BJP is not giving a clear response in the election bonds case. They have given a notice to the Left parties for Rs 11 crore. Prime Minister Modi has to answer the people of the country on these things,” he said.He further claimed that the Congress will win more than 20 seats in Karnataka. “We will form a coordination committee of all INDIA bloc parties for better coordination. All alliance partners have given us a letter of support,” he said.–IANSmka/sha

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