A hung assembly outcome and a tussle between JD(S) and Congress for plum posts in cabinet lent extra significance to the election in Jayanagar.
Janata Dal (Secular) has extended its support to Congress party for by-elections in Jayanagar Assembly constituency, scheduled for June 11. The JD(S) dropped its candidate, Kale Gowda, from the constituency. Now, the party will support Congress candidate Sowmya Reddy who is fighting elections against BJP’s BN Prahlad, brother of incumbent MLA who died during campaigning. The election for the constituency was countermanded after the BJP candidate and incumbent MLA BN Vijaykumar died of heart attack on March 4. Later, a hung assembly outcome and a tussle between JD(S) and Congress for plum posts in cabinet lent extra significance to the election in Jayanagar.
JD(S) decision to announce support to the Congress candidate comes a day before the Kumaraswamy will announce much delayed Cabinet formation for the state. Meanwhile, it is reported that state Congress leaders will also meet party chief Rahul Gandhi to discuss the issue of Cabinet expansion in the national capital today.
Earlier, it was reported that the two alliance partners were at loggerheads over the allocation of key portfolios such as Finance, Home, Public Works Department (PWD) and Power, Irrigation and Urban Development. Kumaraswamy had also admitted that there were certain “issues” over the allocation of portfolios with the coalition partner.
The Karnataka CM also made headlines when he said that his government was at the ‘mercy’ of the Congress and not the 6.5 crore people of Karnataka. Kumaraswamy had said that his government had not received the full mandate which his party had sought in the assembly elections.
“I am at mercy of Congress. I am responsible for the development of the state, that is different. I have to do my job as CM, I have to take permission from Congress leaders, without their permission I can’t do anything, they have given me support,” Kumaraswamy had said.
Rahul Gandhi’s foreign visit soon after government formation in the state was also cited as one of the reasons for the delay in cabinet formation. JD(S) leader Kumaraswamy had taken the oath of Chief Minister on May 23. From Congress, G Parameshwara took oath as the deputy chief minister of state.