BJP-JD(S) talks on poll truck continue

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bjp-jds-finalBangalore, August 4;Talks between the BJP and the JD(S) leaders over arriving at an understanding for the upcoming byelections to two parliamentary constituencies and three Legislative Council seats continued on Sunday.

The two Opposition parties want to unitedly fight the Congress in the bypolls. The BJP is learnt to have agreed to indirectly support the JD(S) in the bypolls to parliamentary seats of Bangalore Rural and Mandya by not fielding its candidates.

The latter has, in turn, agreed to support the former in the Council bypolls to Chitradurga, Mysore and Hubli-Dharwad local body seats.

But, sources said, the BJP is insisting that the understanding should be made official by making a public announcement. The JD(S), however, is not ready for it. It wants only a tacit understanding. The JD(S) fears that it would lose the support of minority communities if it openly declares having joined hands with the BJP, sources said.

BJP national general secretary Ananth Kumar and former minister R Ashoka are said to be holding talks with JD(S) leader H D Kumarawamy in this regard.

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