Cong rebellion- SMK makes it a threesome now


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The Congress has been hit by rebellion in Karnataka and even as one watches the campaign, it becomes clear that there is a three way split in the party. The Congress high command has kept everyone in suspense as to who the Chief Minister would be in case it wins Karnataka and this even led Narendra Modi to mock them by saying, “ how much will you show us the hand, show us the face now.”

Earlier it was a direct fight between the Congress chief, G Parameshwar and opposition leader, Siddaramaiah. Today the Congress has one more entity and that is former Chief Minister, S M Krishna who has sulked, complained but continues to campaign while claiming that he can make a difference in 27 constituencies in Karnataka.

Even if the Congress were to come to power with an absolute majority it would be a battle of sorts before the high command decides on who the Chief Minister would be. In case of a coalition, then the Congress may not be able to decide much since it would be the partner ( most probably the JD(S)) which will take the final call.

Take the case of Mandya which is 99 kilometres away from Bangalore. It has been a fight always between the Congress and the JD(S). The Congress has not managed to win the seat despite fielding Kannada film star Ambareesh who is extremely popular in the belt. He is up against M Srinivas of the JD(S) who is looking for a third win. This probably was the best chance that the Congress had to win Mandya, but right from the scratch, the party seems to have messed it up for themselves.

Ambareesh was first of all upset that he was not given the Srirangapatana constituency. He was further upset that his loyalist was not fielded from Srirangapatana. He commenced his campaign on a sour note. He got into the bad books of S M Krishna and his followers. This means he is campaigning without the support of SMK who has a considerable amount of say in that belt. Krishna who is campaigning for the Congress avoided Mandya city from where Ambareesh is contesting. He however covered all the other districts of Mandya.

While this is one part of the problem on the other there is an eye to eye war between Parameshwar and Siddaramaiah. These two leaders are the contenders for the post of Chief Minister. Although they do not see eye to eye, they do have one common enemy in S M Krishna. The former CM is upset with both these leaders as he felt sidelined during the ticket distribution process. He even spoke about it openly. Everyone thought that Krishna would sulk and not campaign for the Congress. However he is back on the road with the claim that he can get 27 constituencies for the Congress.

Siddaramaiah is a mass leader and is the more identified face of the Congress across the state. Parameshwar on the other hand has a restricted clout in the state. However he has a good hold over the Congress workers since he has been with them for a very long time unlike Siddaramaiah who came into the Congress only five years back. Krishna on the other hand could make a difference in the urban areas and some parts of his home town of Maddur and Mandya.

The Congress high command will have to tread very carefully while selecting their candidate. In case they go with Krishna, then the Siddaramaiah faction could cause a ruckus and the government could fall even before it takes off. At the end of it is all boils down to how many seats each of these leaders could influence at the end of it. This will be a major factor while deciding the CM candidate. However all this would come into play if the Congress does manage to take Karnataka with a majority.

Author: Vicky Nanjappa

just a reporter

2 thoughts on “Cong rebellion- SMK makes it a threesome now”

  1. Fact of the matter remains that it is for the voters to observe, evaluate and judge whom they would be casting their precious votes for. Any instability of a presumed hung assembly will only result in the commoner’s misery. It does neither affect the so called political class nor the super rich. Middle class beware of your votes.

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