Though Karnataka Congress is keeping `silence’ over unilateral attitude of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, who is in power at it’s mercy hoping that the alliance will strengthen Rahul Gandhi’s hands in 2019 polls, JDS chief and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda is leaving no attempt to `irritate’ its alliance partner.
Only a week ago, Deva Gowda endorsed Congres Working Committee’s sentiments to project Rahul Gandhi as Prime Ministerial candidate and assured his party’s support. However, sensing general mood among regional parties, Congress decided to give first priority for alliances and the issue of Prime Minister to be discussed only ater elections.
But, contorary to his earlier assurance, Deve Gowda indicated yeterday that his party is ready to support a `women prime ministerial candidate’, particularly West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. As after Indira Gandhi, no women became India’s Prime Minister, he further said that among Mamata Banerjee and Mayawathi, the opposition parties may announce one of them as PM candidate.
Contrary to Congress party’s stand, he suggested the regional parties to decide their PM candidate well in advance. In Karnataka, when Congress is stating that they will go with JDU in 2019 polls, Deve Gowda giving indications of going it alone.
Even with out consulting Congress, he announced that his party will go it alone in the first phase of polls to Urban Local Bodies scheduled to be held on August 29. Moreover, he further said that it will be beneficial both for the JDS and the Congress if they fight the municipality elections alone.
Congress leaders are suspecting that while enjoying `fruits of power’ in alliance with Congress, Deve Gowda is also attempting to impress BJP by `diluting’ Congress managerial capacities in the state, so that if needed his son can survive in office even after 2019 polls with BJP’s support. It may be recalled that during his first two months in power, Kumaraswamy had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi twice. Even most of BJP Chief Ministers may unable to get such an opportunity.