JD(S) Leader Danish Ali Joins BSP With CM Kumaraswamy’s “Consent”

Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy Saturday termed general secretary Danish Ali joining BSP a “political arrangement”.

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JD(S) leader and Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Saturday termed party general secretary Danish Ali joining Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party, as a “political arrangement” between the two parties.

Ali joined the BSP on Saturday in the presence of the party's national general secretary Satish Mishra in Lucknow.

According to JD(S) sources, Ali is likely to contest Lok Sabha polls from Amroha in Uttar Pradesh on a BSP ticket as JD(S) has no presence there, his home state.


Ali as JD(S)' general secretary on Wednesday had successfully hammered out a seat sharing deal with Congress President Rahul Gandhi, according to which Congress will contest 20 seats and JD(S) eight, in Karnataka.

BSP had fielded candidates in 18 constituencies in the May 2018 assembly polls in Karnataka as per the alliance arrangement reached with JD(S), which contested in 200 seats and won 37.

N Mahesh is BSP's lone MLA in Karnataka, who became primary and secondary education minister in the Kumaraswamy cabinet, before he quit in October last year.

BSP has decided to go it alone during Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka, and plans to contest for all the 28 seats in the state.

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