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Kumaraswamy rules out alliance in 2023 assembly polls

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Bengaluru: JD(S) leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has ruled out alliance with any party in the 2023 state election and predicted that independents will play a stellar role in the formation of the government.

“There is no question of alliance with any party. There will be independents … In my view, there is a good atmosphere for JDS. Still there are six months to go for the elections. We will try to win the trust of the people to achieve the target of winning at least 123 seats,” he told reporters here on Wednesday.

Kumaraswamy, however, kept the doors open for aligning with the regional parties or organisations. “If any regional party or organisation in the state wants to align with JDS in four to five assembly seats, we will consider it,” he said.

The former Karnataka Chief Minister said he would lead Pancharatna Rath Yatra from Mulbagal in Kolar district on November 1. The yatra will mirror the party’s manifesto for the assembly elections, he said.

“On November 1, when I launch Pancharatna Rathyatra, I will announce the first list of candidates for 123-126 seats,” Kumaraswamy said.

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