BENGALURU: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G Parameshwara, who had on Wednesday clinched the alliance with JD(S) national president H D Deve Gowda for the September 11 BBMP mayoral elections, will hold talks with JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy to finalise the pact.
According to party sources, both leaders are expected to chalk out strategies to ensure smooth sailing for the candidates of Congress and JD(S) in the mayoral polls. Deve Gowda had authorised his son Kumaraswamy to hold talks with Congress to finalise the pact.
Congress sources said though Gowda had extended the olive branch to the Congress without any bargain, he has put forth certain conditions before the Congress including not to press for division of the BBMP region, which it had promised in its poll manifesto in the 2013 Assembly elections. JD(S) is also learnt to have demanded the deputy mayor’s post for one of its 14 members in the BBMP, and two or three posts of standing committee chairpersons.
The coming together of two parties may change the equation in the Mysuru City Corporation too where JD(S) had joined hands with BJP to keep Congress away from power.