Bengaluru, July 21: Nine letters in 45 days led to tears rolling down Karnataka Chief Minister, H D Kumaraswamy’s cheeks. Siddaramaiah, who heads the coordination committee has been dashing off one letter after another, which led to Kumaraswamy not only crying, but also saying that he is drinking poison everyday to run the JD(S)-Congress coalition government.
The newly sworn in H D Kumaraswamy cabinet has 8 Vokkaligas, the community the chief minister belongs to. If one were to include the CM too then there are 9 Vokkaligas in the ministry.
When H D Kumaraswamy decided to contest from two constituencies, there was talk that he was chasing a safe seat. The JD(S) chief and former chief minister of Karnataka is contesting from Ramanagara and the neighbouring Channapatna.
H D Kumaraswamy took on the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the development issue. During a campaign at Vijaypura, he however said he is not sure why Modi had praised his father, Deve Gowda.
There was always a cloud over the participation of BSP supremo, Mayawati in the Karnataka assembly elections. After having entered into an alliance with the JD(S) prior to the dates of the elections being announced, there was speculation rife that Mayawati may call off the alliance as it could hurt the Congress.
There are 6 former Karnataka Chief Ministers in the fray for the Lok Sabha elections. While each one appears to be strong in their respective constituency, the most interesting battle would be between two former Chief Ministers, H D Kumaraswamy of the Janata Dal (S) and Veerappa Moily of the Congress. The rest in the fray are N Dharam Singh, B S Yeddyurappa, H Deve Gowda and D Sadananda Gowda.
While the Bharatiya Janata Party banks heavily on the Narendra Modi wave in Karnataka, former Chief Minister and Janata Dal (S) leader, H D Kumaraswamy says that this wave is artificial. Kumaraswamy is confident that the JD(S) would be part of the government to be formed at the Centre.
In this interview with rediff.com Kumaraswamy, the son of former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda says that both the Congress and BJP say Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi will be Prime Minister respectively, but what I want to ask all of them is are we not there?
Is the JD(S) ready to support the candidature of J Jayalalithaa as Prime Minister?
My father Deve Gowda had said that she is welcome to be the Prime Minister. He had said that he wholeheartedly supports the candidature of Jayalalithaa for the Prime Minister’s post provided such a favorable political mobilization takes place. Whether or not she would become Prime Minister would entirely depend on the numbers she has at the end of the elections. Deve Gowda had also said let Nitish Kumar or Mulayam Singh also become the Prime Minister.
All possible combinations to defeat the Congress in the two by elections fell flat. Both Congress candidates, D Suresh and Ramya beat their rivals in the Deve Gowda led Janata Dal (S) by huge margins.
Although right from the start it was clear that the Congress would win, there were egos and prestige at stake. Anita Kumaraswamy wife of H D Kumaraswamy and daughter in law of Deve Gowda was up against D Suresh of the Congress. Anita who had lost the assembly elections needed a win to save her political career. Moreoever it was a battle for the Vokkaliga votes between the two parties. Gowda who is called as the champion of the Vokkaliga could do little to salvage pride.
The BJP and the Janatha Dal (s) are tied with 40 seats each. The question now is which party would be the main opposition in Karnataka and who would be its leader.
In the event of such a tie, the term of the opposition would be shared between the two parties. The first term will go to the BJP with Jagadish Shettar as the opposition leader. The BJP will get the first term as it was the ruling party in the last term. The second term would go to the Janatha Dal (S) and H D Kumaraswamy would be the leader.