Editorial

Drama in Karnataka

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/17/2019 12:06:02 PM IST

 When Karnataka went to the polls on – the outcome was a hung assembly, with the BJP emerging as the largest party, with 104 seats, but failing to win a majority. The popular vote was won by the Congress. BJP won 104 seats with a 36.35 % vote share whereas Congress won 80 seats with a marginally higher vote share of 38.14% than BJP. The Janata Dal (Secular) of the Gowdas won 37 seats with 18.3% of vote share. The Congress had to bite humble pie in accepting H.D.Kumaraswamy as chief minister of the coalition of non-BJP parties. The coalition managed to obtain the support of one BSP and two Independents. It was interesting that the state Governor had decided to go by the spirit of the constitution by inviting the BJP to form the government despite the fact that the Cong-JD(S) coalition having mustered more than the required majority with a total of 120 MLAs. Thus when BJP under former chief minister Yeddyurappa was sworn-in, the short lived government fell even before the trust vote was held because the BJP was woefully short of the simple majority of 112. B.S.Yeddyurappa resigned on May 19,2018 from his post without moving the Supreme Court mandated trust vote in the floor of state Assembly (to prove his majority) barely two and a half days after he was sworn in, beating his own personal record of seven days in 2007. The Congress-JDS coalition under Kumaraswamy took office on May 23,2018 but barely eight months later, simmering discontent rose after the cabinet expansion. The rejig saw some Congress ministers dropped and this sparked the near revolt. According to media reports, the internal differences within the Congress had sparked the near revolt. It was reported that the Congress leaders such as former chief minister Siddaramaiah and another senior leader and cabinet minister in the coalition D.K. Shivkumar. The ego clash between the two leaders was said to be responsible for the crisis within the party legislature. Two independents who withdraw support had stated very clearly that there was no harmony within the coalition(Congress and JDS) while the Congress in particular was wracked with factionalism. The coalition government in Karnataka may survive the threat posed by rebellious MLAs for today but it will be difficult to solve the problem of factionalism within the Congress. The voters of Karnataka have rejected the Congress in the recent assembly election even though the party won a slightly higher percentage of votes. Being in power should make the Congress more circumspect because it is through the backdoor of coalition. Instead ,the Congress leaders remain as arrogant as ever. The Karnataka crisis may have subsided but it is not over because Congress leaders like to behave like generals but who don’t have soldiers. When the 2019 Lok Sabha election is very crucial for the Congress for survival the party is expected to realise that it needs to put up a good show in order to play a role in any government formation. Instead, the Congress leaders act as if the voters cannot do without them. Karnataka is the only state in the south where BJP has a presence. Karnataka gave BJP 17MPs in 2014 and if Congress continues the same way, the BJP could not only retain back the state but also win a good number of seats in 2019.

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