Amid high-decibel Assembly election campaigns by the Congress and the BJP, the Janata Dal (Secular) is set to hold a massive rally in Bengaluru on Saturday, which the party hopes to make the biggest in recent years. Sharing the stage with the JD(S) will be Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati, who recently forged an electoral understanding with the party. Even as there is speculation that the JD(S) will emerge the post-poll “king-maker” , the party’s State president, H.D. Kumaraswamy, has hopes of it coming to power. He told The Hindu that he would rather go for fresh polls than join hands with any party in case of a fractured verdict.

Excerpts from the interview:

With some pre-poll surveys indicating a hung Assembly, which will be the JD(S)’s pick for an alliance between Congress and BJP?

We will be kings, not king-makers. People have seen the performance of both the Congress and the BJP, and I hope they will offer an opportunity to the JD (S) this time. There could be a perception of the JD(S) joining hands with others, given our 2006 experiment of a coalition government, first with the Congress and then with the BJP. But this time, in case of a fractured verdict, we will go for a fresh mandate.

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