The All India Majlis e-Ittehadul Muslimeen has chose to support the Janata Dal (Secular) in the Karnataka Assembly elections scheduled next month.
Shocked over the verdict in the sensational Mecca Masjid bomb blast case of 2007, AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi today alleged that several prosecution witnesses changed their stand and turned hostile be after Narendra Modi-led NDA government came to power at the Centre.
The Telangana Chief Minister's call to all Telugus in Karnataka came at his meeting with JD (S) supremo Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru last Friday.
The reproduction of the story/photograph in any form will be liable for legal action. He declared support to former PM HD Deve Gowda's Janata Dal (Secular) which is in pre-poll alliance with the Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
The JDS has traditionally received the support of the Muslim community, but has recently lost ground after several of its top leaders shifted to the Congress. "We feel both national the parties have totally failed us", said Owaisi. We did not contest in Gujarat, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir. Owaisi also said if required, he would campaign in Karnataka for the JD (S). Did not contest Lok Sabha from Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra.More news: Bhushan Kumar and Prabhas come together
Mr Owaisi said he has already spoken to Mr Kumaraswamy and assu-red him about his party's support to the JD (S).
However, secular voices from all the corners accusing the JD (S) and its supporters to be a B-team of the saffron party. "They may have a small presence in a few constituencies by virtue of minority population but when you look at the larger picture, it makes no difference who they support", said Malavika Avinash, BJP spokesperson.
"MIM party has chose to support JDS party in Karnataka assembly elections..."
Karnataka polls are scheduled to be held on May 12, with the counting on May 15. The campaigning for the Assembly polls is in full swing with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and BJP president Amit Shah making multiple trips to the state.
Owaisi's announcement comes in the wake of the recent appeal by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao to vote for the JD (S) which is now led by its president and former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.