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Congress to fight election on its own in Karnataka

IANS  New Delhi, March 10, 2013
First Published: 20:06 IST(10/3/2013) | Last Updated: 20:13 IST(10/3/2013)

The Congress will fight the forthcoming assembly polls in Karnataka on its own, a senior party leader said on Sunday.

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Party general secretary Madhusudan Mistry, who is incharge of Karnataka, told IANS over phone that the party was in the process of finalising its candidates for the assembly polls expected to take place in May.

Asked if the Congress will have any alliance for the assembly polls, he answered in the negative.

Mistry said the party's preparations were proceeding well and expressed confidence of coming to power in the southern state where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been in power since 2008.

"We will win the polls... Hundred percent," he said.

He said the party will raise local issues during the elections and "expose the misgovernance" of the BJP government.

To a question about projecting a chief ministerial candidate in Karnataka, Mistry said that it was not the practice in Congress.

Party sources said several Congress leaders from the state were desirous of becoming the next chief minister amid speculation that party's fortunes had brightened following troubles faced by the BJP following rebellion of former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.

The term of the Karnataka assembly will come to an end June 3 this year.

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