The Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka seems to be on rocky ground, as reports have come out that Karnataka Home Minister and Congress Leader, M B Patil, on Tuesday has hinted that Congress Leader Siddaramaiah should take over the Chief Minister post again. Speaking exclusively to Republic TV, Patil said that 'while Kumaraswamy is the CM for five years, Siddaramaiah deserves to be CM again.'
"This government is going to last for five years unless decided otherwise by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) president H D Deve Gowda. Chief Minister Kumaraswamy is there for five years. Thereafter we aim to come back (in the next Assembly polls) on our own. Naturally, Siddaramaiah had done fantastic work in the last five years and brought out a lot of programs when he was Chief Minister. He definitely deserved and is entitled to one more term," said Patil.
Speaking about the pros of the Siddaramaiah government, he said it was natural for all MLAs to feel as such adding that if any changes were made in the current coalition it would be according to the party Chief Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) Chief H D Heve Gowda.
"The Siddaramaiah government was very good with a pro-poor, pro-farmer approach. So naturally, all MLAs feel he should come back as Chief Minister. What is wrong? Siddaramaiah is our leader who deserved one more term. Unfortunately, we missed in 2018. While I am not saying that anything should change in these five years, even if it does it has to happen by the decision of Rahul Gandhiji and Deve Gowdaji. Until then, Kumaraswamy is the Chief Minister," he added.
When asked about any rift in the coalition, he replied in the negative saying all members follow the high command.
"There is no uprising. We are all united. High Command is ultimate for us and we accept its decision as we have done now," said Patil.
He also added while he supported Siddaramaiah for CM, he himself wished to be CM.
"Although I am also an aspirant for the Chief Minister's post. But Siddaramaiah deserves to be Chief Minister at least once more," added Patil.
When asked about his reaction to Shashi Tharoor's appreciation for Pak PM Imran Khan remembering Mysore Monarch Tipu Sultan on his death anniversary on May 4, he refused to comment.
"I don't wish to comment on that. I have to go through the accuracy of this."
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.