JD(S) leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy announced today that his party has decided to join an opposition coalition with the BJP in the benefit of the state.
He stated that party supremo and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda has empowered him to make any final decisions on the party, but that there is still time to discuss it before the Parliamentary elections.

HD Kumaraswamy was responding to a question on the discussions at the JD(S) legislature party meeting on Thursday night, which Mr Gowda attended, amid rumours of the JD(S) allying with the NDA ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

“As both the BJP and the JD(S) are opposition parties, it has been decided to work together in the interest of the state, as I have stated both inside and outside the assembly.” “Our party’s MLAs discussed how to proceed even this morning,” he stated.

Speaking to reporters here, he said that during the legislature party meeting, Gowda advised that after gathering the opinions of all the leaders, a 10-member team with representation from all communities be formed for the party organisation and to raise a voice against the misdeeds of this (Congress) government in all 31 districts.

“Still there is 11 months for Parliament elections. Let’s see when Parliament election comes. It was advised to organise the party. Also, Deve Gowda has said that he has authorised me to take any final decision regarding the party,” he added.

In the elections to the 224-member Assembly held in May, the Congress bagged 135 seats, while the BJP secured 66 and the JD(S) 19.

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