There is an understanding signed between JD(S)-Congress: HD Deve Gowda takes U-turn

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 21, 2019, 04.23 PM(IST) Written By: Nischita Verrendra

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Speaking to reporters Gowda said his previous comments on mid-term polls was for local body elections and not for assembly polls

Former PM and JD(S) leader HD Deve Gowda on Friday clarified his remarks that hinted on a possible rift between the Congress-JD(S) alliance in Karnataka.

Speaking to reporters Gowda said his previous comments on mid-term polls was for local body elections and not for assembly polls.

Adding that the alliance in Karnataka will continue for the next four years, Gowda said, "There is an understanding signed between JD(S) and Congress."

"I said it for local body elections and not assembly elections. I'm here to build my party. As HD Kumaraswamy had mentioned, the government will continue for next four years. There is an understanding signed between JD(S) and Congress, "he added.

Earlier during the day, Gowda had hinted on a possible rift between the Congress-JD(S) alliance in Karnataka.

Deve Gowda said, "The leaders of the party(Congress) are worried that they will perish if they continue to go forward with us. They are observing extreme caution in maintaining the coalition government. To ensure this they have even taken a cabinet berth that was allotted to the JD(S). We are just enduring everything and moving forward."

When questioned over the possibility of mid-term polls, the JD(S) supremo said 'There is no doubt that it will be held. They had promised to support this government for five years. But their behaviour is out in the open for everyone to see. People are aware of this'.

He also slammed the Congress saying the behaviour of the party " has not been appropriate".

Gowda's statements came just a day after reports indicated that former CM Siddaramaiah had suggested to Rahul Gandhi to break away from the coalition as it was doing more harm than good to the Congress party. Though Siddaramaiah denied making such suggestions, his previous clashes with chief minister Kumaraswamy and HD Deve Gowda did not let it slide away.

While speaking at an event on Tuesday HD Kumaraswamy said that he was in immense pain while managing the government in the state. 'I can't tell you the pain. From outside I may be the CM. But every day I'm going through pain, but if I tell you who'll solve the problems of the people?’ said Kumaraswamy on June 18. 

However, reacting to his father's statement on mid-term polls the Chief Minister said that Deve Gowda was talking about urban local body elections and that he is confident that the government will run for another  4 years.

The fresh round of tensions come in the backdrop of cabinet expansion where two independents H Nagesh and R Shankar had been inducted. Both the independents had withdrawn support to the government in January 2019 amidst dissidence that threatened to bring down the government and lasted for several days. Rewarding the dissidents has angered many senior leaders, especially within the Congress, many of whom have gone public with their anger. Former Minister Roshan Baig was also suspended for indulging in anti-party activities as he accused Siddaramaiah and KC Venugopal for being responsible for Congress’ downfall in the state.

Though the dissidence within the coalition has been making news since Kumaraswamy took oath a year ago, the severe drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections have further embarrassed the two partners. Of the 28 seats, Congress and JD(S) managed to win just one seat each and BJP won the lion's share of 25 seats. The coalition currently stands at 119 in the 224 member house, while BJP is at 104. Even as JD(S) and Congress engage in a daily battle over differences, a buoyed BJP seems to be patiently playing the wait-and-watch game.