Bengaluru, June 30: The growing disillusionment within the Congress has got the BJP in overdrive mode in Karnataka. The fresh round of dissent was caused by none other than former Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah and the BJP hopes that he would rock the boat.
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.
The rumblings in the JD(S)-Congress coalition are getting louder and do not seem to subside. The Congress high command has stepped in and asked the state unit to ensure stability of the government. Go to the coordination committee, not the media, the high command has advised.
The JD(S) and Congress ironed out its differences and put in place a Cabinet. The new council of ministers would be sworn in on June 6 at 2 pm. Now it is up to the respective parties to decide on who gets what.
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 caste arithmetic for the Congress went completely wrong and the result was clear. The party ended up with just 78 seats when compared to its tally of 122 in 2013. It was clear that the party was unable to garner the crucial votes of the Lingayats and Vokkaligas, the two most dominant castes in Karnataka who form 17 and 12 to 15 per cent of the population of the state respectively.
The race to the post of the Chief Minister of Karnataka in case the Congress wins the elections would not be easy for Siddaramaiah. Going by reports and the various statements, it appears as though he is not the natural choice for CM although he led the party’s campaign.
A day after the Karnataka Assembly polls, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday asserted that the Congress would retain power in the southern state and said this was his last election.”
The hard fought campaign for Karnataka ended on Thursday. The two contenders for the post of Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah and Yeddyurappa ended their final leg of their campaigns on their home turf. Siddaramaiah and Yeddyurappa are contesting from Chamundeshwari and Shikharipura. The Karnataka CM has also chosen Badami which many say is a safe seat for him. While Siddaramaiah made his final pitch at Chamundeshwari, Yeddyurappa blew the final clarion call at Shikharipura.