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In a significant political development, the Janata Dal (Secular) led by former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda has announced a strategic alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka. This alliance marks the JD(S)’s formal entry into the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), setting the stage for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
The announcement was made by JD(S) leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy after a crucial meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP Chief J P Nadda in the national capital.
BJP Chief Nadda extended a warm welcome to the JD(S), stating, “I am happy that JD(S) has decided to be a part of the National Democratic Alliance. We wholeheartedly welcome them in the NDA. This will further strengthen NDA and the vision of Honorable PM Narendra Modi for a ‘New India, Strong India’.”
The alliance was further emphasized by Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who emphasized that the JD(S) and BJP joining forces will bolster the NDA’s presence and influence in Karnataka. On the crucial matter of seat-sharing for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Sawant explained that both parties will engage in discussions to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. He expressed confidence in the BJP’s ability to secure victory in all constituencies in Karnataka during the next national elections.
JD(S) leader Nikhil Kumaraswamy, son of H D Kumaraswamy, shed light on the intricacies of the newly-formed alliance, stating, “We still haven’t delved into the specifics of the alliance, such as seat-sharing and other related matters. These details are yet to be discussed. This decision has been taken with the best interests of the people of Karnataka in mind.”
For years, the JD(S) has maintained a robust presence as the third prominent political force in Karnataka, alongside the Congress and the BJP. The BJP Chief’s enthusiastic embrace of the JD(S) into the NDA fold underlines its potential to fortify Prime Minister Modi’s vision for a “New India, Strong India.”
This new political development holds significant implications for the political landscape in Karnataka and sets the stage for an intriguing contest in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. As the alliance progresses, both parties will engage in discussions to solidify their partnership and strategize for a successful electoral campaign in 2024.
The political dynamics in Karnataka are poised for a transformation, and this alliance between the JD(S) and BJP may play a pivotal role in shaping the state’s political future.