Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM not to contest Karnataka assembly polls, will support JD(S)

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The Janata Dal (Secular) has managed to get another ally on board ahead of the May 12 Karnataka assembly elections, with All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) supremo Asaduddin Owaisi announcing on Monday that he will support the party.

AIMIM's Asaduddin Owaisi feels that both the national parties, the BJP and Congress, have failed to live up to the expectations and hope of the people of Karnataka and that's why they have chose to support the JD (S) completely.

Owaisi added that he would canvas for JD (S) candidates and address rallies if Kumaraswamy wanted him to.

Referring to the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress, the AIMIM chief said "the two national parties have failed to live up to the aspirations and hopes of the people of Karnataka".

Owaisi's move came soon after Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao declaring his support to JD (S) a couple of days ago. KCR said "It is not a silly political front, but an alliance of masses including farmers and poor people". "We want non-Congress and non-BJP govt in Karnataka for a qualitative development", he said. As per the deal, the chief ministership was to be shared between Kumaraswamy and BS Yeddyurappa for an equal period of time.

Karnataka, in the upcoming elections, is witnessing a three-corner fight with the Congress, BJP and the H D Deve Gowda-led JD (S) in the fray. "The central election committee of the party has decided the first 72 names for the ensuing Karnataka legislative assembly elections", said the BJP's state unit in a statement.

According to Narayana, more than the likely benefits for the JD (S), Owaisi's support might hurt the Congress if some votes shift. The MIM will not field its candidates in the polls.