At the party’s SC/ST state convention in Tumkur on Sunday, state president and former chief minister HD Kumarswamy said if JD(S) is voted to power in the next elections, then he will provide quota for dalits in the private sector.

“Once JD(S) comes to power, no one needs to demand. The party will, on its own, bring out a legislation to give reservation to SC/STs,” Kumaraswamy said at the rally.He justified the demand for reservation in the private sector, pointing out that since private enterprises receive benefits and concessions from the government , they can be asked to contribute towards social justice.

Caste politics was one of the factors that went against the party of late. Among 35 assembly segments reserved in the state, the party represents in just one, that too in its stronghold — Hassan. With Vokkaligas already in its kitty, JD (S) is now looking to get the backing of dalits and minorities.

Kumaraswamy not our CM candidate: Gowda

JD (S) supremo HD Deve Gowda said HD Kumaraswamy is not the party’s chief ministerial candidate. “JD(S) is often referred to as ‘Appa Makkala Paksha’ (father and children’s party) by opposition parties, but it’s actually not true. To prove this perception wrong, we have decided to pick the CM candidate through vote ,” he said. The opposition refused to buy this, though. “When the party now has extended from Appa Makkala to Sose (daughter-in-law ), Gowda’s pledge is a joke,” a Congress leader quipped

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