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BENGALURU : Rahul Gandhi on Sunday appealed to the cadres of both Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) to work together in a desperate attempt to get the workers to back the coalition ahead of the parliamentary polls.

The Congress president's appeal coming at a time when workers of both parties are refusing to overcome their bitter, bloody and violent past that threatens to hand over the advantage to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and defeating the very purpose of why the coalition was set up.

The joint meeting intended to send a message of unity, at least among the top leaders.

"I want to tell the Congress workers and leaders that they must support the JD(S) candidates wherever they are contesting and vice versa," Gandhi said in the outskirts of Bengaluru.

The Congress is trying hard to keep its coalition intact in Karnataka to help it stitch up similar alliances with other regional parties across the country to help it take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

But its intent to lead a consolidated opposition has suffered a setback as several regional parties have backed off to boost its respective individual prospects and not that of the national party that is trying hard to recover from its 2014 debacle where it was reduced to double digits after a decade in power.

The JD(S) is also hoping to improve its own survival by teaming up with the Congress.

JD(S) supremo H.D.Deve Gowda had suggested that the top leadership of both parties hold this meeting to bring warring workers to overcome their differences and campaign together to help the coalition reduce the BJP to single digits in Karnataka.

Though two top brass of the two parties have united to defeat the BJP, their cadres have not been able to work with their traditional rivals who can't see eye-to-eye in most parts of south Karnataka.

The BJP has been trying to cash in on the differences in the opposition camp and help the saffron outfit penetrate new regions of the state.

Much of the discord is being felt in Mandya, Hassan and Tumakuru seats from where Deve Gowda and his two grandsons are contesting. The BJP has supported the candidature of Sumalatha Amarnath or Sumalatha Ambareesh in Mandya to defeat Nikhil Kumaraswamy, the son of Karnataka chief minister H.D.Kumaraswamy. Disgruntled Congress workers have also decided to back Sumalatha. Even JD(S) workers who feel overlooked by the party's top leadership to promote family interests, are siding with Sumalatha that has improved the chances for the wife of yester years actor M.H.Amarnath who was better known by his screen name, Ambareesh.

The results of the parliamentary polls is also likely to have an impact on the coalition in the government whose stability has been in question ever since the two parties came together to keep the BJP out of power in Karnataka. 

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