The Congress-JD (S) coalition government in Karnataka is again rocked with uncertainty with the arrival of the new year. The Congress leadership worried that it is failing to check dissidence mounted in the party after recent cabinet expansion didn’t resolved even after 10 days.
Several party MLAs are seen up in arms against former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who had succeeded in getting berths mostly to his loyalists and also coveted ministries to them. Several Congress leaders are suspecting that Siddaramaiah is attempting to consolidate his position in the government so that to maneuver the administration from behind the curtain, ignoring party interests.
At the same time, BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa’s new found enthusiasm also worrying Congress leadership. After returning from this three-day New Delhi trip, he is seen more assertive while making criticism against coalition government.
Yeddyurappa said yesterday that the BJP was ready to stake a claim if the JD(S)-Congress coalition government fell of its own accord. However, he said that they would wait and watch, and indicated major political developments ahead of the state budget session.
Predicting that the government would fall due to the internal bickering of the coalition partners, Yeddyurappa said, “The present government is chaotic as both the parties as well as the ministers are not content. BJP is not making any attempt to destabilise the government.”
Mostly, Congress leadership is worrying with unpredictable moves of former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, who was removed from the cabinet in recent cabinet expansion. According to sources, it is believed he is ready with 10 Congress MLAs to shift to BJP, but waiting to get five more MLAs before giving a rude shock to Congress.