Reports say that Karnataka’s Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah has spoken against the coalition government and has asked the Congress to reconsider the alliance. Is trouble brewing once again?
Bengaluru: In what may come as a huge blow to Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda, reports say that Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah has told the Congress president Rahul Gandhi to reconsider the alliance with the JD(S) in the state.
This after the coalition faced a massive setback in Karnataka in the recent Lok Sabha election. The Congress’s tally fell from 9 in 2014 to just one in 2019 with the BJP winning 25 of the 28 Parliamentary seats.
Siddaramaiah had been camping in Delhi to meet the party president since Monday. He got an appointment only on Wednesday morning (June 19).
In the meeting, they discussed several issues including that of senior leaders, who have been vocal against the state’s leadership apart from the reasons for the Congress debacle in the Lok Sabha poll.
Siddaramaiah feels the current coalition with the JD(S) has benefited none other than Gowda and Kumaraswamy. In his assessment of poll debacle in Lok Sabha, sources close to Siddaramaiah say that he has suggested that the the coalition hasn't helped the Congress in the recent election. While reports say Siddaramaiah claimed that it is better to part ways with the JD(S) as in the long term it will hurt Congress’s prospects, sources from his office deny this.
Sources close to Siddaramaiah have stated that the Congress leader spoke only about the debacle and nothing else.
Rubbishing these reports, Karnataka Congress working president Eshwar Khandre told MyNation, “Congress and JD(S) are in a very safe space. Reports stating otherwise, are not true.”
Congress spokesperson Brijesh Kalappa stated, “We have extended our support for five years. In the letter submitted to the JD(S), it is clearly mentioned that we would be supporting them for five years.”
Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundurao spoke about reorganisation and restructuring within the committee, “It has been seven years and there is no change within the committee. We need to restructure it now and prepare for the local body elections.” He further added that it is the BJP who would like to have mid-term polls as they are constantly trying to destabilise the government.
BJP spokesperson S Prakash told MyNation that the Congress is miffed that it didn’t win Lok Sabha seats because of its alliance. “Had they been separate, they may have won a few more seats. But the Congress failed miserably,” said Prakash.
Furthermore, speaking about the coalition’s confidence in completing the full term, Prakash said, “It is unfortunate that they are even dreaming of completing the term. It has already been a year and we are yet to see governance.”
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Last Updated 20, Jun 2019, 6:07 PM