As the deadlock continues over the allocation of portfolios in Karnataka, there are many possibilities. The sparring over the finance portfolio between the JD(S) and Congress is one of the major stumbling blocks.
It appeared as though the deadlock had been broken by the Congress and JD(S), but the issue is now back to square one. The tussle over who gets to keep the finance portfolio in the Karnataka government continues with both sides insisting that they must get it.
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 Congress and JD(S) outsmarted the BJP in Karnataka and kept it out of power. There were jubilant scenes and one of the most telling pictures was the victory sign which H D Kumaraswamy and D K Shivakumar known to be sworn enemies flashed after B S Yeddyurappa resigned.