In an attempt to bridge the rift in Karnataka's warring coalition Congress and JD(S), the state's Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Saturday, has asked the leaders of both parties to restrain from making controversial statements since they (Opposition) are attempting to form a new Central Government.
He added these comments that may hamper their efforts to form a non-BJP government at the Centre.
Earlier, Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Thursday, hit out at JD(S) ally and Karnataka Chief Minister, H D Kumaraswamy tweeting that his elder brother H D Revanna was eligible to be Chief Minister as Congress veteran Mallikarjun Kharge was appropriate for higher political posts.
(HD Kumaraswamy is right. Mallikarjun Kharge can not only be CM but is eligible for a higher level of posts. There are a lot of people in Congress and JD(S). Among them, HD Revanna is also one. All rights are reserved)
Previously, Kumaraswamy himself had said that senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge was not given enough recognition for his work by his party. Kumaraswamy said that Mr. Kharge should have been made a Chief Minister long back.
The entire infighting the Karnataka government recently caught the media attention when Karnataka Home Minister and Congress Leader, M B Patil, had hinted that Congress Leader Siddaramaiah should take over the Chief Minister post again.
This led to a bevy of jibes from leaders of both parties leading to the Congress high command to hold a meeting at the Hubballi Airport and tell the JD(S) leadership that there are negative statements coming from both ends and the impact of the bickering will be seen on the alliance of the two parties in Karnataka by-polls and Congress' relationship with the ally and prospective allies across the country.'
While the Congress and JD(S) coalition, which won 117 seats combined, is currently in power in the Karnataka State Assembly managing a slim margin over the BJP's 104 seats, they have entered a seat-sharing pact for the Lok Sabha elections. Congress contested from 20 seats while JD(S) contested for the remaining 8 seats in phase 2 and 3 on April 18 and April 23 respectively.