Bangalore – In a significant political development today, former Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Devegowda met with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and it has now been officially confirmed that the Janata Dal (Secular) [JDS] will join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The announcement puts an end to months of speculation and rumors regarding a possible alliance between the two parties.
The meeting between Devegowda, a prominent leader of the JDS, and Amit Shah took place at a discreet location in Bangalore and lasted for several hours. Emerging from the meeting, Devegowda confirmed that the JDS and BJP had reached an agreement to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections together and that the JDS would be allocated four seats as part of the alliance.
This political development comes as a surprise to many, given the historical differences between the JDS and BJP. However, it’s not the first time that the JDS has aligned itself with the BJP. In a previous instance, Devegowda’s son, H.D. Kumaraswamy, formed a coalition government with the BJP in Karnataka, though that alliance ultimately proved to be short-lived and faced numerous challenges.
The decision to form an alliance for the Lok Sabha elections underscores the changing political dynamics in Karnataka and the strategic importance of securing a strong foothold in the state for both parties. The BJP, which has been steadily gaining ground in Karnataka over the past few years, sees this alliance as an opportunity to consolidate its position further. On the other hand, the JDS hopes to make a mark on the national stage by aligning itself with a powerful national party.