In a massive development, former Prime Minister Deve Gowda said that it is confirmed that there will be mid-term elections in Karnataka. Deve Gowda who is the father of Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said that there is no doubt that there will be mid-term polls in the state.
The Congress and the JD(S) are coalition partners in the state, however, since assuming power in 2017, there has been infighting between the two with HD Kumaraswamy breaking down in public a number of times and stating that he is working under pressure.
Deve Gowda's remark hints at the rift between the party. He said:
"There is no doubt that it will happen because the government has offered support for 5 years and people are watching the happenings after it. Our people are smart and knowledged. Nobody has to teach them. How many elections have happened? What all things has this country seen? We have watched it before."
A few days ago, Kumaraswamy also said:
" I cannot tell what problems I am facing openly. I am the chief minister now but I cannot share the pain that I face every day with you. If I do then they will question me as to how will I be able to solve the problems faced by people. On one hand, I have ensured this government functions peacefully and on the other, I'll have to keep assuring our bureaucrats that this government is safe. I have all these responsibilities," he said.
Meanwhile, speaking exclusively to Republic TV, a day after Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy leveled charges against the BJP accusing them of trying to topple the government and engaging in poaching by way of bribing party members, former CM and BJP chief in the state BS Yeddyurappa said that the allegations were baseless.
BJP chief in Karnataka Yeddyurappa said:
"I want to ask a straight question to Karnataka chief minister Kumaraswamy, if you go on speaking like this you will lose your credibility, if at all it is true, he must mention the names, who has offered to whom it was offered. If not it will not have any value at all."
The Congress-JD(S) coalition has seen major controversy during the poll campaign where Congress leaders and JD(S) openly questioned each other's authority. There have also been instances where Congress leader Siddaramaiah has questioned Kumaraswamy's skill to be the Chief Minister as growing dissent among the Congress MPs have also lead to defection. Kumaraswamy has also taken many potshots at Siddaramaiah openly when reports of him wanting to be chief minister again came out.
Adding to their woes, in a setback to the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka in 2019 elections, the BJP swept 25 parliamentary constituencies out of a total of 28, leaving Congress to one seat. 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.