Scaling down his party's demand, Janata Dal (Secular) senior leader and former PM, HD Deve Gowda asked Congress President Rahul Gandhi to alot at least 10 out of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka to his party on Wednesday. The party had earlier demanded that it be given 12 seats to contest.
After Gandhi met Gowda, he said that the seat-sharing agreement is likely to be finalized soon and announced by 10th March.
In the two-hour long meet, the two leaders discussed seat sharing in Karnataka, the prevailing political situation in the country and the need for opposition unity.
Along with leaders, AICC's general secretary in Karnataka KC Venugopal and JD(S) national general secretary Danish Ali were also present in the meeting.
After the meeting, Gowda told the reporters:
"Gandhi discussed seat sharing in Karnataka. This is the first such discussion between the two parties... Earlier, I had asked for 12 seats. At the meeting, I requested Rahulji to give at least 10 seats to the JD(S)."
Gowda was vocal about the fact that the objective of the pre-poll alliance is to win the elections. He added that Rahul Gandhi is likely to take a final call on the seat-sharing arrangement after taking inputs from Ali and Venugopal.
Meanwhile, Ali said, "Some issues which were not discussed at the meeting have been left to me and Venugopal to decide and finalize."
He added that Congress will be contesting two-thirds of the seats and the JDS will get the rest however, seat wise, the discussion is yet to finalize.