H D Kumaraswamy won the floor test in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Friday amidst a walkout by the BJP. Now the JD(S) and Congress have gone into a huddle to discuss the portfolios.
Looks like B S Yeddyurappa has offered former Karnataka chief minister, Siddaramaiah a shoulder to cry on. Yeddyurappa feels that Siddaramaiah has been completely sidelined by the Congress despite him ensuring the victory of 50 MLAs single-handedly with the support of his Kuruba community.
The trust vote that is to be conducted at the Karnataka Legislative Assembly will not be a run of the mill dull one. The BJP has decided to spruce it up by nominating Suresh Kumar as its candidate for Speaker.
With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) falling short of the numbers in Karnataka, it was the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) or JD(S) which have come together to form the government. The government will be headed by H D Kumaraswamy, a Vokkaliga. Vokkaligas are considered to be the second most influential community in the state after the Lingayats.
The Congress-JD(S) alliance was stitched up in a bid to avoid the BJP from coming to power. The alliance is crucial to the survival of both the parties and also in terms of the 2019 elections.
Both Rahul Gandhi and Yogi Adityanath campaigned extensively in the state of Karnataka for the assembly elections. An story that appeared in the Organiser speaks about the strike rate of both Rahul and Yogi Adityanath.
Round one has been won by the new Congress-JD(S) alliance. Kumaraswamy will take over as Chief Minister and Dr. Parameshwar will be his deputy. The post of Speaker would go to the Congress while that of deputy will be with the JD(S).
Taking advantage of the absence of Manohar Parrikar and the manner in which it formed the government in Karnataka, the Goa Congress has begun back channel talks with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party which is an ally of the BJP in the state.
As H D Kumaraswamy gets set to take oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka for the second time, there is hectic lobbying that continues in the background. There is lobbying not just for the post of a second deputy CM, but for Cabinet berths and district in charge ministers as well.
The list of those attending the swearing-in-ceremony of H D Kumaraswamy is a star studded one. The Chief Ministers of Odisha and Telangana, Naveen Patnaik and K Chandrashekar Rao will however give the event a skip.