BJP not in a hurry to upset JD(S)-Cong applecart

The Bharatiya Janata Party is not in a hurry to upset the JD(S)-Congress applecart in Karnataka and is adopting a ‘wait-and-watch’ policy in the wake of back-to-back resignations of two Congress MLAs from the Assembly. The party believes that the ruling coalition will fall apart due to the weight of its inherent contradictions.

According to a senior BJP leader, the party — “if it seriously wants” — can bring the government down in a day. “Why to unnecessary take upon ourselves the blame for ousting the government when it is already on its way out,” said the leader who doesn’t want to be quoted. He said the Centre is also not game for disturbing the state government and “give Congress a handle and martyrdom”.

CM Kumaraswamy who is currently on a visit to the US made frantic phone calls to ministers in his cabinet and leaders to salvage the situation

The resignations have rattled the coalition partners. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, who is currently on a visit to the United States, made frantic phone calls to ministers in his cabinet and leaders to deal with the situation.

“I have been constantly in touch with Anand Singh. He has discussed many issues with me, but his resignation has come as a shock to me,” said D K Shivakumar, Water Resources Minister and in-charge of Ballari.

Congress legislative party chief Siddaramaiah held meetings with MLAs who had been hobnobbing with Ramesh Jarkiholi and Anand Singh to avoid further damage. “Speculations that I will quit as MLA are absolutely false. I am a disciplined soldier of the Congress,” said MLA Bheema Naik in a tweet after Anand Singh’s resignation.