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RS polls: JD(S) MLA Srinivas Gowda votes for Congress, the party he 'loves'

Kumaraswamy belligerent; says Gubbi MLA SR Srinivas' vote also lost since he put a blank ballot paper into the box, which will be counted as invalid

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The JD(S) leadership on Friday claimed at least two disgruntled MLAs did not vote in favour of its candidate in the Rajya Sabha polls for four seats from Karnataka, defying the party’s diktat, with one of its legislators admitting he did so since he “loved” Congress.

The party’s Kolar MLA K Srinivas Gowda cast his vote for the Congress candidate, while Gubbi MLA S R Srinivas put a blank ballot paper into the box, which will be counted as invalid, JD(S) legislature party leader HD Kumaraswamy said, fuming at his colleagues.

While Gowda accepted he voted for the Congress candidate, Srinivas rejected Kumaraswamy’s claim and insisted he voted for his party’s pick.

Gowda, who has maintained distance from JD(S) and was seen hobnobbing with Congress for some time now, after casting his vote said, “I voted for Congress because I love it….my future politics is with Congress. I was earlier a Minister from Congress.”

Kumaraswamy visibly livid

Kumaraswamy was visibly livid with Gowda. “If that man who has won on JD(S) ticket with the support of our workers has any decency, let him resign and do politics. He has insulted the people and JD(S) workers of Kolar,” he said.

Speaking to reporters here, he said there is no point in taking any action against him on behalf of the party as its of no use, indicating the anti-defection laws were ineffective in curbing such activities.

Questioning the “morality” of Congress leaders, he said: “They go to people with slogans to save democracy, while Siddaramaiah and others are indulging in low level politics by hijacking MLAs of other parties…how different is Congress from the BJP? Congress is helping BJP to win, will Srinivas Gowdas vote help them win.”

Despite not having the required number of votes to win, JD(S) has fielded former MP D Kupendra Reddy as its candidate. A candidate requires the support of 45 MLAs to win a seat, but JD(S) has only 32 MLAs. Congress has rejected JD(S) request for support.

Further stating that JD(S) MLA from Gubbi SR Srinivas has claimed that he has voted for the party, Kumaraswamy said, “In reality what has he done while voting on the ballot paper. His truth will come out by evening,” he said. The counting of votes polled in todays elections will be counted later in the day.

“Such low level politics, are they legislators? He has put a blank ballot paper into the box. He has not voted for anyone, but outside the voting centre, in front of the media he has claimed he voted for JD(S),” he alleged.

Srinivas, however, rejected Kumaraswamy’s allegations and said he voted for JD(S) and has shown the ballot paper to the partys agent, and insisted truth will come out when votes are counted in the evening.

With agency inputs

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