Bengaluru,:The temple run spree of HD Kumaraswamy, Chief Minister of the Janata Dal Secular-Congress alliance government continues to keep going...
Bengaluru,:The temple run spree of HD Kumaraswamy, Chief Minister of the Janata Dal Secular-Congress alliance government continues to keep going unabated and the pace has dwindled now with the ten days state legislature session scheduled to commence from 10 December in Belagavi Suvarna Soudha.
HD Kumaraswamy has reiterated umpteen number of time that he has occupied the chief minister's position only because of the grace of almighty although the people of the state gave only 38 legislators to the party in the state Assembly.
HD Devegowda family is again seeking divine blessings to manage the unstable power boat which has started making dangerous tilts, thanks to the frequent threats of 'Operation Kamal' by the 104 member Bharatiya Janata Party.
A 20 days yaga for the improvement of HD Kumaraswamy's fragile health apart from totally destroying all enemies on the political front is currently on at Sringeri, the abode of Sharadamba in Chikkamagalur district.
In fact HD Kumaraswamy was supposed to be present during the religious rituals on last Wednesday but couldn't make it as the party legislators meeting went on late in the evening. The party has a quota of two cabinet berths and Congress has six to be filled in the over delayed expansion circus while the contenders are more than a dozen in both parties.
Along with this turmoil the JDS also has another headache of retaining the Chairman position of the legislative council to the party fold. Basavaraj Horatti is the acting chairman belonging to the party who's also eyeing upon becoming a minister in the event of losing the chairman's position!
HD Kumaraswamy is now rescheduled to fly in a chopper to Sringeri on Friday to be part of the Poornahuti or concluding part of the 20 days rituals.
It may be recalled here that the second time chief minister was inserted a stunt for cardiac problems 10 years back and the same was replaced a year back following medical compulsions.
After a hung Assembly came into being in the May 2018 general elections the Congress top brass under the leadership of Gulam Nabi Azad, AICC General Secretary rushed to the residence of former Prime Minister HD Devegowda to lay a red carpet for handing over the CM's position.
Then Devegowda is said to have offered the same back to the Congress fold in case Mallikarjun Kharge's candidature can be considered citing the delicate health of his son. However the Congress leaders were in no position to take the words lightly as they had enough of previous experiences with the octogenarian politician.
So the Congress succeeded that a coalition government came into being with JDS as the elder partner while restricting the former into a minor stakeholder in spite of bagging 80 seats.
On the other hand the Bharatiya Janata Party camp looks to be jubilant as its leaders continue to keep claiming that the six months old JDS-Congress is on the verge of collapse once the cabinet expansion takes place.
Prakash Jawdekar, Union Human Resources Minister who had camped for more than a month in the state on the eve of Assembly elections dropped a bomb shell on Wednesday by claiming: A quake is expected anytime in the coalition government.
This statement was enough to create ripples in the coalition government giving rise to allegations and counters. Kota Sreenivas Poojari, BJP leader and leader of the opposition in the legislative council added fuel in Belagavi by hinting: Talks are in progress with Ramesh Jharkiholi, Belagavi district in charge minister and he's welcome to the party with his 10 supporters.
HD Kumaraswamy rebutted all such claims and declared: Earthquakes have been occurring in the state since last six months ever since the coalition government came into being and now the term quake itself has suffered a natural death. Our government is rock solid to be perturbed by such bogus claims!
DK Shivakumar, Power and Major Irrigation Minister countered the BJP leaders' assertion by saying: Now it's been proved beyond doubt that the BJP game changers are into frantic efforts to topple the duly elected government enjoying a majority support on the floor of the house.
It's no public secret that Ramesh Jharkiholi, Belagavi district in charge minister is waging a relentless battle against DK Shivakumar, Congress man Friday for 'meddling' with the district politics.
Lakshmi Hebbalkar,Belagavi Rural Congress MLA and former Karnataka Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee president has in fact literally become a thorn into the flesh of Ramesh Jharkiholi as she's also been religiously laying down bottlenecks in his way of controlling the sugarcane rich district politics.
DK Shivakumar is the mentor and Godfather of this lady legislator who's started gunning at the politically and otherwise all powerful Jharkiholi brothers. She also justifies her stance by uttering: Since last six years Ramesh Jharkiholi is the district in charge minister and where from can he has any grouse against losing grip over the district politics.
Irrespective of the party in power at least one member of the Jharkiholi family is bound to become a minister. Among the Jharkiholi brothers' Balachandra Jharkiholi is the BJP MLA from Arabhavi while Satish Jharkiholi, AICC Secretary is the Congress MLA from Yamakanamaradi.
Of late there was Breaking News on some local vernacular TV channels claiming that Ramesh Jharkiholi has gone to Mumbai with 10-12 Congress MLAs' to discuss his next course of action. But on the very next day he held a press conference at his Bengaluru residence to refute the rumors.
After the much awaited JDS-Congress coordination committee meeting on Wednesday Siddaramaiah, chairman of the committee along with Danish Ali, JDS General Secretary announced: The coalition government will be expanded on 22 December followed by appointment to the Boards and Corporations.
They also clarified that: The appointments will be made in the proportion of 1:3 from the JDS and Congress among the legislators and some of them will also be considered to the positions of Parliamentary Secretaries with perks and facilities of cabinet ministers.
But as a tip of the iceberg Ganesh, Kampli Congress MLA from Ballari district has claimed: No expansion will take place on 22 December as the exercise will lead to dissension and it may happen only after Lok Sabha elections!
One more strong reason to believe is the hard core fact that the whole of Devegowda family is very particular on doing good things on auspicious days. So the family may not okay the proposal of expansion as its shoonya masa now!