Former Prime Minister HD Dev Gowda is likely to be nominated for the Rajya Sabha vote

Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) supremo HD Dev Gaur is expected to file nominations for the Rajya Sabha elections on June 9, the former prime minister said, seeking Congress support in securing his victory to reach the upper house of parliament.

“Many JDS MLAs have asked Deben Gowda to contest and persuaded him to do so. They feel that he is the best person to raise the Karnataka issue in Parliament,” said a source close to Debu Gowda.

HD Dev GaurDivyangshu Sarkar / AFP / Getty Images

The Congress has congratulated the decision

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Congress president Sonia Gandhi dialed Dev Gowda and congratulated him for his decision to contest the Rajya Sabha elections. The two had a brief conversation on the phone.

Voting is underway in four Rajya Sabha seats in Karnataka and the last day for submission of nominations is Tuesday. Incumbent Rajya Sabha MP from JDS Kupendra Reddy will vacate his seat for the 87-year-old Deve Gowda.

Both the BJP and the Congress have decided not to field any additional candidates, so it is likely that Deva Gaur will be elected unopposed in the Rajya Sabha.

The Congress on Friday announced the party’s veteran and former Lok Sabha leader Mallikarjun Khargi for a guaranteed seat that it could win from the southern state. Kharag lost the 1999 Lok Sabha elections where the Congress could win only one seat in the state where the JD (S) then ran the coalition government.

The JD (S) -led Karnataka government collapsed after the resignation of Congress MLAs who later joined the BJP.

Although it was said that the JD (S) had not yet reached out to Congress, an insider said the matter had been discussed informally.

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