The problems for the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) or JD(S) alliance in Karnataka seem to be never-ending. After a showdown over the allocation of portfolios, the two parties sparred on whether to present a full budget or an interim one. There were differences over the issue of farm loan waiver too, which the Congress did not seem to be in agreement with.
Former Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah may look like the villain of the Karnataka coalition, but the fact is that the Congress cannot ignore him. In veiled threats, several Congress leaders have dismissed the former CM’s statements on the longevity of the coalition, but behind the scenes all efforts are on to pacify him.
There are voices of dissent with many MLAs of both the Congress and JD(S) being left out in the Cabinet expansion in Karnataka that took place today.
It was an alliance that was stitched up in a hurry to keep the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) out. The Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) or JD(S) came together and after much bargaining and deliberations, a decision was taken on the allocation of portfolios. In the entire process what was interesting was that the JD(S) with just 37 members of legislative assembly (MLAs) managed to muscle the Congress, which has 79 MLAs.
After a hard fought battle, Karnataka finally got a government, but ironically it has no ministers in it. The dead-lock over the allocation of portfolios between the Congress and JD(S) continues with no finality on who gets what.
The BJP is unlikely to make any moves in a bid to topple the Congress-JD(S) government. The BJP feels that the coalition will anyway collapse in a few months time and hence it is its best interest that it does not meddle with the government.
H D Kumaraswamy is likely to take oath as Karnataka Chief Minister alone on Wednesday while the Congress leaders will join in later. Kumaraswamy will be meeting with the Congress top brass today where he would finalise the Cabinet.
The Congress and JD(S) would not stake a claim to form the government in Karnataka. The Congress and JD(S) which kept their flock together for almost four days after the BJP staked a claim will now face a floor test on the House.
There are 20 Lingayat MLAs in the Congress and JD(S) on whom all eyes would be. Will they back the Congress-JD(S) combine or go with the BJP and not prevent a Lingayat leader from continuing as Chief Minister?
The news that the chartered flights meant to fly the Congress-JD(S) MLAs out of the HAL airport was denied permission is fake. The MLAs who are jumping resorts to keep their flock together had alleged that the Director General of Civil Aviation had sent out an unofficial word to the airport to ground the planes.