Congress, JDS to contest 2019 Lok Sabha elections together

Congress , JDS

New Delhi, June 1: The Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) will contest the high-level 2019 general elections together as a pre-poll alliance.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal along with newly-elected Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy also announced the much-awaited portfolio allocation.

Venugopal said “We(Congress-JDS) have come to a conclusion regarding cabinet expansion and portfolio allocation. JDS will be holding the finance portfolio. Everything is settled.

According to the latest development, the Congress got 22 ministries including Home, Irrigation, Health, Agriculture and Women Child Welfare. While 12 ministries, including Finance and Excise, PWD, Education, Tourism and Transport goes to JD(S).

Both the parties had a post-poll alliance after the Karnataka Assembly Polls this year threw up a fractured verdict, with the BJP emerging as the single largest party, but fell short of the majority.

Even though the Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited the saffron party  to form the government with a time period of 15 days to prove their majority on the floor of the house, the Supreme Court in an interim order directed the floor test to be held in just two days, even after Yeddyurappa had sworn in as the Chief Minister of the state.

Failed to garner the required number of votes to form Government in the state, Yeddyurappa resigned as the Chief Minister ahead top court-ordered floor test on May 19.

Janata Dal (Secular) leader took oath as Karnataka Chief Minister at Vidhana Soudha in the presence of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi on May 23.

Alongside Kumaraswamy, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) Chief G. Parameshwara sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister.

However, ending a 10-day political turmoil in the southern state, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy won the floor test after 117 MLAs voted in his favour.

Kumaraswamy attained victory in the state assembly with the support of the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition.


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