The top leadership of the Janata Dal (Secular), led by former prime minister H.D.Deve Gowda and incumbent Karnataka chief minister H.D.Kumaraswamy, on Wednesday hit back at the Congress, baring the growing divide between the coalition partners ahead of the parliamentary elections, scheduled to be held later this year.
Gowda warning his alliance partner of trouble if the national leadership of the party does not rein in its leaders.
“Even now we will not let the Congress face any uncertainty, but on one condition that if they don’t stop making such statements things may go out of control," Gowda said at the national executive meet in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
The constant bickering between the coalition partners and growing factionalism within the Congress giving some hope to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), that has been awaiting another opportunity to form the government in Karnataka to help it further penetrate it to other south Indian states. The BJP is hopeful that the differences between the coalition partners would dent the alliance’ prospects in the upcoming parliamentary elections which they have decided to contest together. The BJP has also been accused of trying to poach disgruntled members of the coalition to help it bring down the government.
The Congress, that has lost some of its potential allies in states like Uttar Pradesh and other places, putting its alliance with the JD(S) at risk that could further dent its prospects of leading opposition parties against PM Narendra Modi-led BJP government.
Kumaraswamy also hit back stating that he will not be able to ‘tolerate’ remarks against his leadership by members of the Congress. The CM’s reactions coming days after at least three Congress leaders accused Kumaraswamy of poor governance and praising the works of his predecessor, Siddaramaiah.
S.T.Somashekar of the Congress has since been cautioned by the Congress for making the statements, that could further erode trust between the two parties, who have shared a tempestuous past.
Kumaraswamy argued that several of the big ticket projects like metro, peripheral ring road and other infrastructure developments were first given approval during his first stint as CM in 2006. After assuming office, CM has given approval to recommence projects like PRR that had not been developed by successive governments.
Though the Congress has given its support to the JD(S) for the full term, the fragile coalition has faced more than its share of turbulence since they both came together after the state’s electorate handed a fractured verdict in the May assembly elections, raising questions on the stability of the government.