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BENGALURU : The Congress party on Friday said that it had convinced S.P.Muddahanumegowda, a sitting member of parliament, to take back his nominations from the Tumakuru (Tumkur) parliamentary seat from where the latter had decided to contest as an independent against the decision of his party and it’s coalition agreement.

The decision had threatened to add to the rising tensions between the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) whose leaders and workers are unwilling to overcome past differences and work with each other despite the state level coalition.

Tumakuru fell in the share of the JD(S) as part of the coalition seat sharing agreement and former Prime Minister H.D.Deve Gowda has announced his candidature from the seat.

Muddahanumegowda said that he had pulled out of the race after Congress president Rahul Gandhi and General Secretary (Organisation) K.C.Venugopal spoke to him and in the larger interest of the party. However, he sounded unsure of his own participation in the campaign to help Deve Gowda win. His displeasure of being denied a seat despite his performance likely to have larger implications in the district and adding to the disgruntlement of its workers who have made their reservations public.

“I don’t think it will be a problem. It should settle in a week’s time," G.Parameshwara, deputy chief minister and senior Congress leader said on Friday.

With just over two weeks to go before the Lok Sabha polls, the Congress party in Karnataka has been scrambling to get its house in order for it to have any chance to bring down the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) tally in the state and also help bring down its government in the centre.

The Congress had joined hands with the JD(S) after the hung verdict in the May assembly elections last year in Karnataka in the hope that it could stitch up similar such partnerships across the country to help it take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Despite several setbacks with other regional parties across the country, the Congress is hoping to keep its alliance with the JD(S) intact, at least till the parliamentary polls.

But things haven’t been easy for the Congress.

87 year old Shamnur Shivashankarappa, who is named as the Congress candidate from Davangere constituency, has decided not to contest the polls giving any advantage it had to the BJP. Shivashankarappa, who was not considered for a ministerial berth in the H.D.Kumaraswamy cabinet due to his age last year, was announced as the party’s choice even though the octogenarian claims never to have asked for it.

His son, S.S.Mallikarjun, who had unsuccessfully contested from the same seat in the past, is one of the many aspirants from this seat. 

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