The JD(S)-Congress coalition, which is about to complete one year in office after a month, is seems to be again under threat of collapse, soon after polling for Lok Sabha polls concluded this evening in Karnataka. The growing rumblings of discontent among Congress MLAs seems to be against giving scope for BJP to intensify its `Operation Kamal’.
Congres MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi, who was dropped as a minister, saying it’s just a matter of time before he resigns from the party. He said earlier today after voting in his Assembly constituency Gokak. “Technically, I’m still in the Congress, but I have decided to quit,” he added.
While Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa had been saying in the run-up to elections that the JD(S)-Congress coalition would collapse after polls, Jarkiholi’s statement could be the first indication of a shaky future for the alliance.
In the weeks preceding the polls, Jarkiholi had been boycotting Congress programmes and was holding meetings of Congress taluk panchayat and gram panchayat members independently, even calling upon them to support BJP candidate Annasaheb Jolle.
Recently, he met BJP chief Amit Shah during poll campaign and said to be mobilised support for BJP candidate in the polls. Congress sources indicating that there are four MLAs likely to resign from the party at an appropriate time, which may enable BJP to claim that the coalition lost majority in the assembly.