Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Home News Reports Karnataka Minister GT Deve Gowda says "JDS workers might have voted for BJP”, irks...

Karnataka Minister GT Deve Gowda says “JDS workers might have voted for BJP”, irks Congress

JD(S) and Congress were bitter rivals before they joined hands to form the coalition government in the state in May 2018.

Karnataka minister GT Deve Gowda on Wednesday sparked a row with the statement that his party workers in Mysuru and other parts of Karnataka might have voted for the BJP. Gowda is a senior JD(S) leader and minister of higher education in the cabinet of H. D. Kumaraswamy, who is leading a coalition government with Congress as its alliance partner.

Gowda’s statement has not gone down well with the Congress. While Congress and JD(S) are fighting the ongoing Lok Sabha elections together, his statement obviously exposes the unseen discord between the alliance partners.

The success of their alliance in the state prompted both parties to become allies for the general elections. Despite the seat-sharing agreement between the two parties, some members are believed to be disharmonious to each other. JD(S) and Congress were bitter rivals before they joined hands to form the coalition government in the state in May 2018.

“There were some differences between the two parties. Take Udbur for example. People fought there like any panchayat election. Those who were in Congress voted for Congress and those in JD(S) voted for the BJP. Similar things happened elsewhere too,” said Gowda while addressing the reporters in Mysuru.

Gowda added both parties could have fared better had they combined their strength. According to him, it would have helped limit the BJP to five out of 28 seats in Karnataka. He also suggested that the coalition should have been formed much earlier to ease the coordination and boost the results.

Gowda’s statement has triggered a strong reaction from the Congress with the state president Dinesh Gundu Rao expressing shock. Rao said this statement was not good for the coalition government. “I am not able to figure out how he (Gowda) had worked during the election because he has given contradictory statements. Such statements are not good for the coalition government,” Rao said.

“Such things would happen because those given responsibilities did not work sincerely. There seems to be lack of sincerity,” Rao added. He also rubbished Gowda’s statement about the delay in formalizing the alliance.

“We formed the coalition much earlier. There was no delay in forming the coalition. It was announced much earlier that Mysuru will be given to Congress as per the seat sharing agreement. “I don’t know in which context Gowda spoke,” Rao added.

Expressing its delight over Gowda’s remark, BJP said not only the JD(S) workers but Congress leaders and workers too have voted in favor of the saffron party. “GT Deve Gowda’s statement is the voice of the people. It is the opinion of the workers of both the political parties,” said BJP MLA and former deputy chief minister R Ashok said. Adding, “Not just JD(S) but Congress leaders and workers voted for BJP, especially in favor of Sumalatha Ambareesh in Mandya.”

To a question on the possibility of disintegration of the coalition government, Ashok asserted that his party is not making any efforts. However, he indicated some “unseen hands” from within the coalition are working to ensure the same. “Those ‘unseen hands’ are in the party with a symbol of ‘hand’. We (BJP) will not make any efforts to topple the government. Let them do it (toppling the government),” he added.

Gowda countered Ashok’s controversial remark by stating he was only referring to Udbur in Mysuru Lok Sabha constituency and not everywhere and expressed confidence about C H Vijay Shankar’s victory in Mysuru.

Congress and JD(S) candidates have pitted against each other, defying the orders from the high command making the case of ‘infighting’ between coalition members evident.

Nikhil Kumaraswamy, son of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and grandson of former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda contested in Mandya. However, some Congress and JD(S) workers are reported to have favored independent candidate Sumalatha, actress and widow of popular Kannada film actor-turned-politician, Ambareesh.

Sumalatha was backed by the BJP, which did not field its candidate in the constituency. Prajwal Revanna, son of PWD minister H D Revanna and grandson of Deve Gowda faced a similar challenge in Hassan. He was pitted against A Manju of BJP.

If sources are to believe, Deve Gowda also faced a similar rebellion of Congress workers in Tumakuru. Agitated by the behavior of Congress workers, JD(S) workers resorted to identical behavior by refusing to work for Congress party in Mysuru. These disgruntled workers had threated to vote for BJP instead of Vijay Shankar in the presence of GT Deve Gowda.

SM Krishna, senior BJP leader, and erstwhile Karnataka chief minister hinted at a major change in the pipeline within the state post the Lok Sabha elections.

Speculation about infighting and dissolution of the JD(S)-Congress state government has been a constant since Kumaraswamy took charge last year. We had also reported earlier about the insecurity of this government when rumors about Kumaraswamy’s brother and PWD minister HD Revanna’s meeting with BJP senior leadership in Bengaluru had surfaced.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

Petition wants Delhi High Court to cancel Center’s approval for Covaxin to conduct trials for 2-18 age group

The petitioner wants Delhi High Court to quash govt notification allowing Covaxin trials for the 2-18 age group.

Congress may have rubbished the toolkit as ‘fake’ but there are enough reasons why people find it authentic

A toolkit was recently in circulation that highlighted the Congress party's devious attempts to tarnish the Modi government.

#CongressToolKitExposed: How Congress’s Srinivas BV’s actions during Covid crisis fits the toolkit perfectly

One of the first recommendations of this particular section of the 4-page toolkit suggests promoting SOS redressals and offering “priority help” to journalists, media professionals and other influencers.

Why Islamists and their apologists are desperate to insert ‘Jai Shri Ram’ to turn every random crime into hate crime

Ever since PM Modi came to power in 2014, the 'Dara Husa Musalman' bogey has been raised time and again in Indian context mostly to whitewash hate crimes carried out against Hindus

Washington Post cancels Iron Dome for saving Israeli lives

Should Israel just let its citizens die? Why should any country not use technology to save lives of its citizens?

West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee’s govt clears proposal to form a State Legislative Council. Here is why

The decision was taken during a cabinet meeting, conducted via video conferencing, by the CM and several Departmental Secretaries.

Recently Popular

Charity ‘toolkit’: How Sonu Sood’s foundation sought help from BJP’s Tejasvi Surya but took all the credit himself

Netizens have often raised suspicions that Sonu Sood had been falsely claiming credit for arranging help for Covid-19 patients without having done so.

Latest Congress toolkit: Paint Kumbh as Covid superspreader, and Eid as ‘happy gathering’. Here are the details

From maligning Kumbh to attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Central Vista project, working with 'friendly' journalists to get 'tailored' articles defaming India and Modi govt, here is what the Congress 'toolkit' asks its social media and PR teams to do.

Haryana: Police rules out communal angle in murder of Mewat youth Asif, two groups are old political rivals. Details

As per police, Asif had beaten up Pradeep's group members 20 days back, and Pradeep decided to avenge the attack.

Odisha: Sonu Sood clarifies after Ganjam DM says they had not received any communication from him regarding bed for COVID patient

The Collector and District Magistrate of Ganjam has called out Sonu Sood after the actor claimed to have arranged a bed.

Congress cries foul as its bombshell ‘toolkit’ stands exposed, threatens to take legal action

AICC Chairman in a Tweet threatened that a case is being filed against BJP leaders JP Nadda and Sambit Patra for forgery.

Congress toolkit exposes nexus between the party and international media, used journalists to peddle anti-Modi propaganda

A new Congress toolkit is circulating on social media that reveals the depths to which the party sank during the pandemic.
- Advertisement -

 

Connect with us

255,352FansLike
545,908FollowersFollow
24,300SubscribersSubscribe