With the humiliating suffering in the Lok Sabha elections, the Karnataka ciliation partners seems to be shacked on their survival and hurriedly called for state cabinet meet and tried to put a brave face. The reposed its ‘faith and confidence’ in the leadership of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, asserting the Congress-JD(S) coalition would continue.
JD(S) circles indicated that party supremo and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda has suggested his son Kumaraswamy to step down `honarably’, before giving scope for BJP to collapse the government. However, Chief Minister is said to be determined to face the challenge.
Briefing reporters after an informal cabinet meeting convened to take stock of the dismal show of the coalition partners, deputy chief minister G Parameshwara said the mandate was for the government at the Centre and not for the state.
It may be recalled that the BJP won 25 of the 28 parliamentary seats, the Janata Dal-Secular and the Congress got one each while Independent Sumalatha Ambareesh, who was backed by the BJP, also secured one seat.
Accusing the opposition BJP of trying to destabilise the government, Parameshwara said the ruling coalition would not allow them to succeed. “… we have reposed our faith and confidence in the leadership of chief minister Kumaraswamy. This is the decision taken by all the ministers today,” said Parameshwara.
Asserting that all their MLAs were with them, he said the coalition would continue under Kumaraswamy’s leadership and that there was no threat to the government.