G.T. Deve Gowda admits some JD(S) workers voted for BJP
The Janata Dal (Secular) leader and Minister for Higher Education G.T. Deve Gowda kicked up a controversy on Wednesday by admitting that his party workers in a few parts of Mysuru Lok Sabha constituency had voted in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
However, he soon went into a damage control mode by claiming that the JD(S) workers casting their votes in favour of BJP candidate Pratap Simha was restricted to just one village of Udbur in Chamundeshwari Assembly constituency, which is part of Mysuru Lok Sabha segment, and expressed confidence that the alliance candidate C.H. Vijayshankar from Congress will win the elections.
The JD(S) workers had supported the BJP candidate fearing for their relevance and prospects in the future polls, including gram panchayat elections, if they joined hands with the Congress, he said.