New Delhi: Former Karnataka Chief Minister and prominent Janata Dal (Secular) leader, HD Kumaraswamy, formalized his entry into the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) during a significant meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi on Friday. The gathering was attended by BJP President JP Nadda and Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, marking a noteworthy development in Indian politics.
Speculation surrounding an alliance between the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been ongoing, particularly since veteran BJP leader B S Yediyurappa, who also serves as a parliamentary board member of the party, announced earlier this month that his party was in discussions with JD(S) regarding the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Yediyurappa indicated that the regional JD(S) was expected to contest in four Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, which has a total of 28 constituencies.
However, Yediyurappa subsequently clarified that the discussions had not yet reached a final decision. He suggested that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, both preoccupied with other responsibilities, would engage in further deliberations and come to a decision on this matter in the coming days.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP dominated in Karnataka, securing 25 out of the 28 seats. An independent candidate, Sumalatha Ambareesh, backed by the BJP, triumphed in one seat. Meanwhile, the Congress and JD(S) each secured one seat. In the state's Assembly elections held in May of the same year, the Congress secured 135 seats, the BJP 66, and the JD(S) 19, illustrating a complex political landscape.
HD Kumaraswamy's formal entry into the NDA adds another layer of intrigue to the evolving political dynamics in Karnataka. As discussions between the BJP and JD(S) continue, the region is poised to witness significant developments leading up to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.