With an open-door policy for party hoppers, JDS scrambled for candidates in the eleventh-hour as it sought to fish in troubled waters of its opponents and lay its hands on "prize catch" in a predatory move that backfired in several cases.

The party faced the most embarrassing moment on Saturday, when its candidate for Uttara Kannada, former minister Shivananda Nayak, bowed out of the race, citing financial constraint, leaving Gowda red-faced.

A former BJP MLA, he had joined Karnataka Janatha Paksha, which former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa floated and recently merged with his parent party, before embracing JDS.

JDS recently roped in former union minister Dhananjay Kumar from KJP after he was refused entry to BJP and Mahima Patel from Congress. Kumar has been fielded from
Udupi-Chikkamagalur and Patel, son of former chief minister J H Patel, in Davanagere.


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